Roger Federer was the headline act on the opening day of the French Open as he began his quest for an 18th Grand Slam title.
The No.2 seed did not disappoint, dismissing lucky loser Alejandro Falla 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 and hitting 42 winners in the process. Federer is competing in a record 62nd consecutive Grand Slam and showed no sign of hanging up his racquet any time soon.
The 33-year-old wrapped up his victory in one hour 49 minutes. He is now 62-15 on the clay courts of Roland Garros and will now face Marcel Granollers in the second round.
Granollers too overcame a qualifier to reach the second round however he will have to overcome a 3-0 head to head deficit against the Swiss star if he wants to progress any further in the competition.
Although he holds a 26-5 match record this season Federer expressed his relief at overcoming his first round opponent.
"I'm not sure that the first round is any different," he said. "I think that as we go through the tournament, then we probably feel that we are more and more satisfied.
"But the first round is a bit like I want to win the first round, to be in the tournament and not to go back home immediately, to be one of the first ten players to go back home.
"So that's the whole idea about it. That is, you want to play a good match and then focus on the future. That's when I will start enjoying this moment."
The draw for this year's tournament has been relatively kind to the 2009 champion, avoiding big names like Djokovic, Nadal or Murray until the final.
While he may still have to overcome tricky opponents such as Berdych, Wawrinka or Monfils; Federer will have confidence from the three titles he has picked up already this season at the Brisbane International (d. Raonic), the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships (d. Djokovic) and the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open (d. Cuevas).
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