• Federer beats Benneteau, into French Open fourth round

    5/31/13 4:10 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Federer beats Benneteau, into French Open fourth round Roger Federer eases past Julien Benneteau in straight sets on Friday at Roland Garros. Federer awaits either Gilles Simon or Sam Querrey in the last 16.

    Roger Federer rolled over an ailing Julien Benneteau 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 in the third round of the French Open on Friday afternoon. Federer held his last 15 service games after getting broken in the first game of the match as he advanced in one hour and 31 minutes.

    Benneteau, who had been a respectable 2-4 lifetime against Federer heading into this one--including a win in Rotterdam earlier this season, got off to a good start by racing to an immediate 2-0 advantage in the opening set. Federer, however, wasted no time returning the favor twice before serving out the first at 6-3.

    With his opponent struggling due to leg issues, Federer remained in cruise-control mode the rest of the way. The third-ranked Swiss pocketed one break in each other last two sets and hardly bothered to go for more than what was necessary. Benneteau had one break point to get back on serve in the second, but he won a mere three of 27 return points in the third. It was all but over for the 30th-seeded Frenchman when he was broken in the penultimate game of the match at 5-5.

    "It was clear that he was not 100 percent right from the start," Federer noted of Benneteau. "I even expected him to pull out at one point. It was also windy and he was not playing the way he usually plays. So it was a little bit tricky for me."

    Next up for the 2009 Roland Garros champion is either Gilles Simon or Sam Querrey.

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Simon or Querrey could be the first big challenge for our Fed. Simon beat Roger not so long ago and the American looks to be finding his footing on the dirt.

His draw is tougher than it looks on paper.


rogerthat , 5/31/13 6:12 PM

federer in straights over simon is my pick

isfand , 5/31/13 7:59 PM

tsonga will be the first big challenge for federer i think

isfand , 5/31/13 8:01 PM

Yeahhh i guess tsonga wud be the big challange....if mkes into quartrfinal

Fedzz22 , 5/31/13 8:12 PM

Simon is in a funk, no way he is troubling Fed........

Fed into the quarters at a canter............

rafaisthebest , 5/31/13 8:25 PM

Federer will have to scale the Alps by overcoming two Frenchmen before colliding with the Spanish armada. Can he do it? The Q and F are the main hurdles though. I don't thinkeither the R16 or the Semi a challenge.

newfangkc , 6/1/13 12:42 AM

Fed will make it to Sunday.


Conspirator , 6/1/13 12:55 AM

Which Sunday, @Conspirator? He's already made the middle Sunday but I don't think he will make the Championship Sunday.

rafaisthebest , 6/1/13 6:07 AM

Agreed Conspirator, Fed will stroll in to the final. Ferru has to get by Anderson first, he's playing well..... Everyone knows the outcome of a Fed v Ferru match. It will be straight sets.

brothdog , 6/1/13 11:37 AM

Tsonga is Federer's biggest threat prior to the final IMO. If he gets past Tsonga, then I think he makes it into the RG final.(irrespective of his semifinal opponent.)

tj600 , 6/1/13 12:33 PM

rafaisthebest, 6/1/13 6:07 AM

Exhibition Sunday after the finals on Friday.


Conspirator , 6/1/13 1:38 PM

RT @zootennis: "Bob Bryan takes photo of ball mark in doubles right now, gets warning from chair #$2000toloseiguess "

Hmmm, Fed will not be amused, things clearly getting out of hand. Look to Fed drafting an edict asap and convening an emergency ATP Council meeting to ban all mobile phones on court.

rafaisthebest , 6/1/13 2:09 PM

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