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  • Federer eases past Carreno-Busta in Roland Garros opener

    5/26/13 8:30 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Federer eases past Carreno-Busta in Roland Garros opener Roger Federer makes quick work of Pablo Carreno-Busta in the French Open first round on Sunday. Next up for Federer is Somdev Devvarman.


    Roger Federer kicked off his French Open campaign in routine fashion on Sunday afternoon on Court Philippe Chatrier, rolling over Pablo Carreno-Busta 6-2, 6-2, 6-3. Federer needed just one hour and 20 minutes to book a spot in he second round alongside Somdev Devvarman.

    Carreno-Busta won 39 consecutive matches at the Futures level earlier this season, good for seven titles, but this a massive step up in competition in what was his first main-draw match at a Grand Slam. The 21-year-old Spaniard came out flat and and lost the first five games to Federer. Carreno-Busta never truly recovered, although he did get on the scoreboard with a break then held for 2-5 in the opening set. Federer closed it out one game later by ripping a a backhand winner on set point.

    The 17-time major winner began each other next two frames in similar fashion. He broke serve to open each one, ultimately taking the first four games of the second and the first two games of the third. Federer dropped a mere total of five service points combined in sets two and three, obviously never facing a break point in that span.

    "I think I started all three sets well, was able to get in the lead," said the 2009 Roland Garros champion. "Then playing from the lead against a player like him, it's always easier, and so I put a lot of emphasis on that."

    Federer finished with perfect numbers on serve and on break points. He struck 10 aces without double-faulting and he capitalized on all seven of his break-point opportunities.

    Devvarman, meanwhile, is a second straight qualifier for Federer. India's top singles player continued his momentum into the main-draw with a straight-set ousting of Daniel Munoz-De La Nava.

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