French Open: Federer steamrolls Somdev Devvarman

May 29, 2013, 23:21 IST | Agencies

Somdev Devvarman was mercilessly beaten by second seed Roger Federer as the Indian crashed out of the men's singles event of the French Open, here today.

World No.3 Roger Federer of Switzerland made short work of India’s tennis star Somdev Devvarman defeating him 6-2, 6-1, 6-1 in the men’s singles second round of Roland Garros here Wednesday.

Playing on court Suzanne Lenglen, the second seed won in one hour and 22 minutes to extend his career head-to-head to 2-0 against Devvarman, who delivered his best performance on the red clay of Paris by reaching the second round.

Somdev Devvarman
Somdev Devvarman managed to win just 4 games against Federer, Pic/AFP

The 17-time Grand Slam champion Federer proved too good for the World No.188 Devvarman, who got three chances to break his opponent in the first two sets but failed each time.

The Swiss completely dominated the match, not even allowing Devvarman to take a single game off his serve.

The last time the former champion beat the Indian was in 2011 at Dubai.

Federer will next play French 30th seed Julien Benneteau, who defeated Tobias Kamke of Germany 7-6(9), 7-5, 5-7, 0-6, 6-4, in the third round. 

Roger Federer, the 2009 champion, raced into the third round at the French Open on Wednesday with a 6-2, 6-1, 6-1 thrashing of India's Somdev Devvarman.

Federer, who won a record 17th Grand Slam at Wimbledon last year, next faces Julien Benneteau of France.

Federer bagged his 56th win on the red Roland Garros clay to stand just two behind the record of Guillermo Vilas and Nicola Pietrangeli.

"It's great that all the work is paying off and I hope to keep experiencing this as long as possible," said Federer after beating a rival he had already seen off two years ago in Dubai in their only previous meeting.

The Swiss master gave not the merest whiff of a chance to Devvarman, a 188th-ranked qualifier from Guwahati in Assam state who had been hoping to reach the last 32 at a Grand Slam for the first time.

Federer, competing in his 54th straight Grand Slam, ripped through the opening set in just 23 minutes and there was no let up for his rival as the former champion pocketed the second in barely half an hour.

The coup de grace came after just 1hr 22 min on court as Federer allowed Devvarman just one service game on the brink of victory at 5-0 up in the third before polishing off his outclassed opponent as a crosscourt winner from deep set up two match points before clinching the win.

It was Federer's most one-sided win in Paris since he beat Belgium's Kristof Vliegen in the first round in 2004.

Looking forward to his next test, Federer said he would have to be on his guard.

"Next up it's Benneteau, a good friend. We have met a few times -- he beat me at Rotterdam earlier this year," said the 31-year-old Swiss, who leads the pair's career series 4-2 but who last year had to come back from two sets down at Wimbledon.

Federer noted he did not enjoy winning by such a wide margin as Wednesday's in deference to his beaten opponents and also observed there was a downside to simple victories as "it can be complicated after getting through two rounds when I have not spent much time on court."

In his opening match he dropped just seven games in crushing Spanish qualifier Pablo Carreno-Busta.

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