ROLAND GARROS 2014
Federer Cruises Past Lacko To Open Roland Garros Bid
by ATP Staff|
Federer prevailed 6-2, 6-4, 6-2, firing 40 winners and breaking the Slovak's serve on five occasions. It was the 32 year old's first match victory since the birth of twin boys Leo and Lenny two weeks ago.
"I'm happy I got off to a good start for the tournament here in Paris," said Federer, who enters in top form following a run to the final at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. "There's always that little bit of feeling that if you don't feel well, if the opponent plays great, you could lose early. I was happy getting the early signs out of the match that I was actually playing well and I was going to get my chances. I'm very pleased with the outcome."
The 2009 champion is competing in his 60th Grand Slam event, which is tied for third all-time behind Fabrice Santoro (70) and Andre Agassi (61). He is looking to become the fifth man in the Open Era to win multiple majors after turning 30, with Agassi being the last to achieve the feat 13 years ago.
Federer, who holds a 59-14 record on the terre battue of Roland Garros, faces Diego Sebastian Schwartzman, winner of an all-qualifier first-round meeting against Gastao Elias. The Argentine, who is making his Grand Slam debut, won 6-4, 6-2, 7-5.
Watch Federer vs. Lacko Highlight (Video: French Tennis Federation)
Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, who two weeks ago upset Federer at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome, opened with a 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver. He could next meet No. 2 seed Novak Djokovic, who plays Portugal's Joao Sousa on Monday.
"If I play Djokovic, it's going to be a very tough match," said Chardy. "At the moment I think he is the strongest on the tour... But I've got nothing to lose. I have never won a set to him, so I will need to find a solution and need to find a tactic, something different, to try and change this."
In other action, former Top 10 talents Mikhail Youzhny and Radek Stepanek both overcame two-set deficits to book a second round encounter. Youzhny outlasted Spanish young gun Pablo Carreno-Busta 3-6, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-0, breaking serve eight times. The 31 year old, who reached the quarter-finals at Roland Garros in 2010, rallied from an 0-2 deficit for the fifth time in his career.
Stepanek snapped a three-match losing streak in Paris, defeating Argentine Facundo Arguello 6-7(8), 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 in nearly three and a half hours. The Czech, who is competing in his 11th Roland Garros (12-10 record), came back from down two sets to none for the sixth time and first since the 2013 Australian Open (d. Troicki). Arguello was making his Grand Slam debut.
Youzhny and Stepanek will square off for the eighth time, having first met 11 years ago.
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