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Federer, Roddick Cruise Into Second Round

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Swiss superstar Roger Federer began his 11th consecutive Roland Garros appearance with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 first-round victory over Alberto Martin of Spain on Monday. The second seed will next challenge Argentine Jose Acasuso, a 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-0, 6-3 winner over Santiago Ventura of Spain.

Federer, runner-up to Rafael Nadal for the past three years, is bidding to become only the sixth man in history to win all four Grand Slam championship titles. He is also looking to capture a record-equalling 14th major title. 

The 27 year old improved to 133-42 lifetime on clay after hitting 10 aces and 49 winners – including 17 on the forehand wing – for victory in one hour and 57 minutes. Federer also won their previous meeting in April 2006 at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte-Carlo.

Two weeks ago, Federer captured his first title of the 2009 ATP World Tour season at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (d. Nadal). The 27 year old improved to a 27-6 season record.

Martin, 30, was making his 10th appearance at the second Grand Slam championship of the year and his first for three years. He dropped to 5-42 lifetime against Top 10 opponents. In 1996 he beat Bjorn Rehnquist for the junior title.

Sixth-seeded American Andy Roddick required just 94 minutes to defeat French wild card Romain Jouan 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 on Court Suzanne Lenglen. The former World No. 1 avoided his fifth first-round exit in eight Roland Garros appearances against a 23-year-old opponent contesting his third tour-level match. Roddick, 26, hit 11 aces and committed just eight unforced errors to improve to 28-6 on the season. In the second round Roddick will meet Czech Ivo Minar, who defeated Oscar Hernandez of Spain 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-3 in a match that finished shortly before 9 p.m. local time.

Italian Simone Bolelli won his second successive match in four meetings against Tomas Berdych, the Czech No. 19 seed, with a 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 4-6, 6-3 victory in three hours and 30 minutes. Berdych, who won his second ATP World Tour clay-court title at Munich (d. Youzhny) earlier this month, hit 18 aces and 43 winners but won fewer points on second serve than his opponent. Bolelli won nine more points overall, hit 10 aces, 48 winners and converted six of seven break point opportunities. The 23-year-old Bolelli goes on to meet France's Jeremy Chardy, who beat lucky loser Thiago Alves of Brazil 6-2, 7-6(10), 6-3.

Igor Andreev, the Russian No. 25 seed, who reached his only Grand Slam quarter-final (to date) at Roland Garros in 2007 (l. to Djokovic), survived a tense late-night encounter over Italian qualifier Fabio Fognini with a 1-6, 6-3, 6-1, 3-6, 7-5 win. Andreev converted seven of 13 break point opportunities for victory in four hours and 12 minutes. He improved to 14-15 on the 2009 ATP World Tour season. In the second round Andreev challenges Argentine Martin Vassallo Arguello, who was level at 6-4, 6-7(4), 5-5 when his first-round opponent Thomaz Bellucci retired due to an injury.

Feliciano Lopez, the Spanish No. 28 seed, snapped a four-match losing streak at Roland Garros after fighting back from a two sets to love deficit to beat Brazilian qualifier Franco Ferreiro 6-7(3), 4-6, 7-6(4), 7-5, 6-2 in four hours and 18 minutes. Lopez improved to 7-10 on the season and will next challenge Serbia Janko Tipsarevic, who defeated this month's Estoril Open champion Albert Montanes of Spain 3-6,7-6(3), 7-6(5), 6-4.

French No. 32 seed Paul-Henri Mathieu hit nine aces and 37 winners past wild-carded compatriot Laurent Recouderc 6-4, 6-4, 6-1 in one hour and 56 minutes. The 27-year-old Mathieu reached the Roland Garros fourth round in 2002 and 2008. He next faces Spaniard Pablo Andujar, who knocked out Robby Ginepri of the United States 6-4, 7-6(7), 7-6(3) in three hours and nine minutes.

 

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