Roger Federer and Serena Williams go through

Roger Federer and Serena Williams go through

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Roger Federer outclassed Lukas Lacko to claim an easy straight-sets win in the first round at Roland Garros.
The 17-time Grand Slam winner, seeded four, was barely tested in his 6-2 6-4 6-2 victory over the Slovakian. Top seed Serena Williams began the defence of her title with a 6-2 6-1 win over France’s Alize Lim. The American looked unhappy with her game at times, but was mostly untroubled at the start of her pursuit of a third French Open. A Radwanska (Pol) [3] beat S Zhang (Chn) 6-3 6-0 Radwanska took a firm grip on the match after breaking her Chinese opponent’s serve with the score at 3-3, and the Pole, a semi-finalist at Wimbledon last year, won nine consecutive games to wrap-up victory.
“I think it was a very wet court,” said Radwanska. “I think the courts are not always dry, it’s raining every day, so it makes the courts much slower.”
R Federer (Sui) [4] beat L Lacko (Svk) 6-2 6-4 6-2 Federer dominated after breaking Lacko’s serve in the fifth game of the match, which he sealed with a forehand winner on his second match point. The Swiss, knocked out in the quarter-final by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 2013, will face Diego Sebastian Schwartzman for a place in the last 32 following the Argentine’s 6-4 6-2 7-5 win over Gastao Elias of Portugal. “I think today with my experience I’m more laid back going into a tournament, going into a first round of a Grand Slam,” said the 32-year-old, who first played in Paris in 1999. “I don’t get too worked up about it, because I know it’s a long match maybe potentially ahead of me and it’s not a sprint to the finish line, it’s more of a marathon.” S Williams (US) [1] beat A Lim (Fra) 6-2 6-1 Williams made 36 unforced errors and served four double-faults in a match which lasted 78 minutes, but her inexperienced opponent could not capitalise on the world number one’s mistakes.Lim, who was making her debut at a Grand Slam, works at the academy of Williams’ partner and coach, Patrick Mouratoglou. “I’m really proud of her. She’s just rising in the rankings really, really well,” said the champion. “We train in the same facilities. It’s fun – we just kind of all get along.” J-W Tsonga (Fra) [13] beat E Roger-Vasselin (Fra) 7-6 7-5 6-2 Court Suzanne Lenglen M Raonic (Can) [8] beat N Kyrgios (Aus) 6-4 7-6 (7-1) 6-3 “I was getting it together when it mattered, and that’s all I can really ask,” said Raonic. “There were some moments where I was losing a little bit of concentration on my level, and I was able to put it together when I was in the important moments.” V Williams (US) [29] beat B Bencic (Swi) 6-4 6-1 Williams, the 2002 finalist, saw off the Swiss 17-year-old, current junior world number one and Wimbledon girls champion, more easily than many anticipated in a comfortable straight-sets victory. “I think she has a great attitude, and it will take her a long way,” said Williams. “Just doing everything better, serving, returning, just more experience helps a lot.” J Isner (US) [10] beat P-H Herbert (Fra) 7-6 7-6 7-5 The American’s win sets up the intriguing possibility of a meeting with Nicolas Mahut in the next round. The Frenchman has yet to play Mikhail Kukushkin, but if he wins, a match against with Isner will evoke memories of their epic encounter at Wimbledon in 2010, when Isner won the final set 70-68 to end an incredible 11 hour, five minute encounter -BBC

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