ROLAND GARROS 2014
Federer Records 60th Win At Roland Garros; Raonic Powers Through
by ATP Staff|
Roger Federer has become the first man in tennis history to record 60 or more match wins at all four Grand Slam championships.
Fourth seed Federer extended his winning streak to 20 matches against qualifiers at Grand Slam championships on Wednesday when he beat Diego Sebastian Schwartzman.
The 2009 champion improved to a 60-14 mark at Roland Garros with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win against the World No. 109, who was making his first appearance at a major, on Court Suzanne Lenglen.
“I think it was kind of tough all the way through for me," said the 32-year-old Federer. "I didn't feel relaxed for the entire match… He managed to put pressure on me and keep the pressure on me.”
Watch Federer vs. Schwartzman Highlights (Courtesy: French Tennis Federation)
Elsewhere, eighth seed Milos Raonic advanced to the Roland Garros third round in a 7-6(4), 6-4, 6-1 victory over Jiri Vesely, who received the 2013 ATP Star of Tomorrow Award presented by Emirates. He will next face No. 29 seed Gilles Simon.
Two weeks ago, Raonic equalled his best clay-court result in a semi-final run at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia (l. to Djokovic). Vesely, 20, advanced to his first ATP World Tour semi-final last week at the Dusseldorf Open (l. to Karlovic).
“Jerzy is a difficult player,” said Tsonga. “You never know exactly what to expect on court. He's rather unpredictable. He's very tall, he strikes hard. So you have to find a way to neutralise him and it's not always that easy.”
American Steve Johnson completed a 4-6, 6-7(7), 7-6(3), 6-3, 6-3 comeback win over French qualifier Laurent Lokoli in his first-round match. Johnson had saved a match point on Tuesday, coming from two sets down to lead by a break in the fifth set before darkness suspended play.
Johnson will next face 21-year-old countryman Jack Sock, who won their one previous meeting two years ago in Atlanta.