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Roger Federer © Tennistalk.com
French Open
2nd round
5/30/12 1 2 3 4 Tot
ch  Roger Federer 6 6 6 6 3
ro  Adrian Ungur 3 2 7 3 1
Adrian Ungur © Tennistalk.com
  • Federer gets past Ungur in French Open second round

    5/30/12 3:09 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Roger Federer ends Adrian Ungur's successful French Open with a four-set dismissal on Wednesday. Federer will go up against either Nicolas Mahut or Martin Klizan in round three.


    Roger Federer held off Adrian Ungur 6-3, 6-2, 6-7(6), 6-3 in the second round of the French Open on Wednesday afternoon. Federer earned his 234th career Grand Slam match win, passing Jimmy Connors for most all time.

    The 2009 Roland Garros champion took control right from the start, breaking for a 2-0 lead in the first set when Ungur double-faulted on break point. Ungur held his remaining service games but could never get back on level terms. His one slight chance came with Federer serving at 5-3 deuce, but the favorite closed it out without too much trouble.

    More of the same continued in the second, with Ungur losing the plot right away. The Romanian, who upset David Nalbandian in round one, dropped serve to fall behind 0-1 then turned in another expensive double-fault down break point for 1-4. Federer, who surrendered eight service points in the opener, held all four of his second-set games at love.

    Ungur was not about to end his tournament without a fight, and he delivered his best tennis in set three. The world No. 92 held easily en route to a 5-4 lead then saw two set points at 15-40, but he could not put a return in play. Federer won four straight service points to hold and he eventually forced a tiebreaker.

    After eight straight points to the server to begin the 'breaker, Ungur attempted an ill-advised drop-shot at 4-4 and netted it. In improbable fashion, Ungur recovered to save two match points from 6-4 down, including one on return when Federer shanked a backhand long. Ungur brought up his third set point at 7-6 and converted it by forcing Federer into a backhand error.

    Romania's top-ranked player and only man in the Top 100 had a chance to make things really interesting early in the fourth. However, he squandered two break points in the first game, one game point at 0-1, then double-faulted again on break point to fall behind 2-0. That was all Federer would need, as the third-ranked Swiss held the rest of the way to finally finish off the win.

    Federer recorded a solid ratio of 50 winners to 40 unforced errors. Ungur wrapped up his impressive effort with 36 winners and 37 errors. The No. 3 seed awaits either Nicolas Mahut or Martin Klizan.


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