• Federer takes on Devvarman in Roland Garros second round

    5/28/13 9:43 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Federer takes on Devvarman in Roland Garros second round Roger Federer will continues his quest for a second French Open title on Wednesday. Up next for the No. 2 seed is Somdev Devvarman.

    Roger Federer and Somdev Devvarman will be going head-to-head for the second time in their careers when they clash in the second round of the French Open on Wednesday. Their only previous encounter came two years ago on the hard courts of Dubai, where Federer cruised 6-3, 6-3.

    Devvarman went on to have a solid 2011 campaign, during which he peaked as high as No. 62 in the world. A major shoulder injury all but destroyed his 2012 season, but the Indian is getting back on track this year. Devvarman advanced one round at the Australian Open and reached the third round in Miami. He has not lost an opener in a single ATP tournament main draw in 2013.

    It has already been a stellar trip to Roland Garros for the underdog, who qualified for the main draw over the weekend (he ousted No. 8 seed Wayne Odesnik at the final stage). Devvarman maintained his momentum on Sunday by dismissing fellow qualifier Daniel Munoz-De La Nava 6-3, 6-3, 7-5.

    Federer kicked off his fortnight on Sunday with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 drubbing of qualifier Pablo Carreno-Busta. The third-ranked Swiss is now 19-6 for the year, which includes no titles and one final (a runner-up finish earlier this month in Rome to Rafael Nadal). Federer's other clay-court tournament resulted in a third-round Madrid loss to Kei Nishikori.

    This is the best surface for Devvarman on which to face Federer, because the world No. 188 is a baseline grinder and one of the fastest players on tour. However, he does not have any kind of firepower with which to hurt his heavily-favored opponent. Count on Federer prevailing in straight sets, with one being competitive.

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Wow. So quiet. No Fedbots? Too busy thinking about Rafa I guess.

Fed looking extremely sharp out there!

Chris Fowler ?@cbfowler 5m
hey, FedFans: 2 channels in Paris showing Monfils-Gulbis. No coverage of one point of RF's match so far. I know you'd all love that!


Conspirator , 5/29/13 6:26 PM

Much more surprising Conspirator...ITV UK not showing Fed match either...;)

deuce , 5/29/13 6:47 PM

Ah, switched there now AFTER Monfils match.....

deuce , 5/29/13 6:49 PM

My feed is showing Serena's match...............

rafaisthebest , 5/29/13 6:52 PM

Too easy. Hope he is ready for Benneteau.

xrf , 5/29/13 6:59 PM

Benny decided he wanted a Fed re-match after all.......

rafaisthebest , 5/29/13 7:01 PM

Another record for the GOAT:

RT @ESPNTennis: "Federer defeats Devvarman 62 61 61. Through two matches, he's dropped just 11 games - best in his career @rolandgarros #ESPNTennis #RG13"

#I LoveTheSmellofQualifiersAtRG

rafaisthebest , 5/29/13 7:08 PM

... amongst the weak-era lower half of the draw.


Conspirator , 5/29/13 7:50 PM

17 going on 7:

Eurosport/France only went over to Fed for a few minutes after the Gulbis/Monfils match finished before switching to follow Benneteau So there.

ed251137 , 5/29/13 8:16 PM

BTW: I presume you do know he beat Kampke.

ed251137 , 5/29/13 8:21 PM

ESPNTennis ?@ESPNTennis 34m
French Open - Another flawless Roger Federer performance

How does he continue to reach so many QFs?


Conspirator , 5/29/13 9:18 PM

It's hard to get Fed on tv when he's only on court an hour a match. Sets last longer than that. I watched the whole match on Eurosport, looked good but no point in saying any more until the bigger tests start. Keep it up Rog.

brothdog , 5/29/13 9:24 PM

I don't see a test for Fed until the semis. He only has French boys lined up now, no? They will do the "needful" and step aside. Only Ferru will test him in the semis. And I remain convinced he will be stopped there....

rafaisthebest , 5/29/13 9:32 PM

Jo Wilfred is a test no? He has more of a chance knocking Fed out that Ferrer does. Ferrer literally has no chance of beating Roger, he is matched up terribly against him and does nothing that can hurt Fed. It will become 16 - 0 as well as 6 - 0 on clay. Both men have to make it that far first. I'm far more worried about Tsonga.

brothdog , 5/29/13 9:40 PM

Tsonga has played Fed once on clay and lost. He has beaten Fed twice on HC and once on grass. Tsonga will do what Tsonga does: come out firing on all cylinders and tire himself out. Fed knows how to be conservative, Tsonga does not. Clay is more demanding than grass so don't expect a Wimby repeat. Ferru, otoh, is more resilient compared to Tsonga. He can go the distance. The only question mark over Ferru is his mentality. He tends to go away when he feels he is losing. I just feel Fed himself is not 100%, his back is still and issue and this is something Ferru could exploit...............

rafaisthebest , 5/29/13 10:02 PM

I think Feds back is fine. Commies saying today he had padding on underneath his shirt, but it was clearly a t - shirt as it wasn't that warm out there today. I agree with you though, if Fed is still having problems Ferrus chances improve, but I just think its mental now for him. Does he truly believe he can beat Roger over 5 sets? I doubt it.

brothdog , 5/29/13 10:20 PM


That's the crucial question. Ferrer has to go out there with the belief that he can win. Other players who had never beaten Fed somehow managed to get it done. But Ferrer doesn't have the weapons that Rafa has to trouble Fed. Rafa never feared Fed, was never intimidated by him. He was like that even when he was a teenager.

The problem with figuring out if Fed is really that good or his opponents are that bad, is that we really won't know until he bumps up against a decent player. I don't know if Ferrer can get it done against Fed. I am not convinced right now that he can get over the mental aspect. It's possible but I would agree that Tsonga has a better chance. He may not have beaten Fed on clay, but he at least knows that he has gotten wins on grass and hc. When Tsonga gets hot he is quite dangerous. But he doesn't have the mental strength and consistency. We will have to wait and see.

Nativenewyorker , 5/29/13 10:28 PM


Conspirator , 5/30/13 2:29 AM

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