World number three and second seed Roger Federer opened up his account in this years French Open with a commanding 6-2 6-2 6-3 win over Pablo Carreno Busta in the first round.

The Swiss maestro was at his scintillating best, converting from all seven break points he created to wrap up the loop-sided affair in just 80 minutes.

Federer came into the match on a back of a runner-up finish at Rome Masters about a week ago, but did not waste any time hanging about, firing 33 winners in total to secure his place in the second round.

He told the reporters after the match: "He had played a lot of matches on clay, in comparison with me," said Federer.

"I knew it could be tricky if I didn't sustain a certain level of play and certain aggressiveness, get caught up maybe in long rallies, maybe what he's looking for.

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

The 31-year-old is bidding to lift an unprecedented 18th major title and his second at Paris, having won his lone Roland Garros trophy back in 2009. Besides, he has also finished runner up to Rafael Nadal on four occasions.

The win was also Federer's 897th tour level win and kept him on course to reach the landmark 900 mark.


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