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Federer sublime, Ferrer, Tsonga sail through to Round 3 of French Open

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It was a great day for the seeded players in the men’s draw as all 15 seeded players who took to court emerged victorious from their respective first and second round encounters. World no.2 Roger Federer led the way by putting in a virtuoso performance against India’s Somdev Devvarman, thumping the qualifier 6-2, 6-1, 6-1.  4th seed David Ferrer and 6th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are his possible semi-final and quarter-final opponents and both of them prevailed in their 2nd round matches in straight sets. 8th seed Janko Tipsarevic and 10th seed Marin Cilic rounded off the top 10 with easy victories to move into the round of 32. 2008 semi-finalist Gael Monfils continued to play some of the best to take out Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis in 4 tight sets 6-7(5) 6-4 7-6(4) 6-2.

World no.2 Roger Federer has been playing extremely aggressive tennis on the red clay in a bid to reverse his fortunes at Roland Garros. That strategy failed in Madrid and Rome as he produced numerous errors to hand victories to Kei Nishikori and Rafael Nadal. Although the Swiss Maestro made 33 unforced errors in his match against Devvarman, he more than made up for it with 54 scintillating winners to both sides of the court.

Occasionally there were some uncharacteristic errors with Federer failing to put away some easy points at the net, the most prominent of which was when the 32 year old’s racquet flew out of his hand late in the 2nd set.

The 28 year old Devvarman, did not have that bad a day in court. On some points he was able to match the 2nd seed but when the Swiss great is on song, it is really difficult to defeat him. He fell behind as soon as the match started with Federer breaking serve to move ahead. He broke the qualifier’s serve 6 more times to complete the dominating victory in under 90 minutes.

Such was his dominance that he hit 1 more winner than Somdev could win points at 53.

Up next for the 2009 champion is Frenchman Julian Benneteau, who led the Federer Express 2 sets to love at Wimbledon last year, but failed to close out the match. Benneteau will have to dig real deep if he is to repeat that feat as he was stretched to 5 sets by German’s Tobias Kamke before prevailing 7-6(9), 7-5, 5-7, 0-6, 6-4.

Last year’s semi-finalist David Ferrer was another top player to have an easy day at work. He beat compatriot Albert Montanes in three easy sets 6-2, 6-1, 6-3.

“I'm very, very satisfied, because I think I played very good tennis, said the Spaniard.

No Frenchman has won the French Open since Yannick Noah did it 30 years ago in 1983. If anyone is to upturn that record, it is sure to be the highest ranked Frenchman and 2008 Australian Open finalist, Jo Wilfried Tsonga. He took out Finland’s Jarko Nieminen 7-6(6), 6-4, 6-3.

He remarked: “It's positive pressure, because I have everything to win and I would say nothing to lose. If I go far in this tournament or if I win, it's going to be something huge.”

After his loss to Rafael Nadal in the Rome Masters, Gulbis proclaimed that he was probably the most dangerous unseeded player in the men’s draw forgetting all about Gael Monfils, a former top 10 player and the 2008 semi-finalist. Le Monf followed on from his first round upset of Tomas Berdych by sending the Latvian packing to advance to the third round.

The duo split the first two sets with little difference between their play. Monfils pulled ahead as a result of a lucky net cord winner on set point in the third and Gulbis seemed to lose concentration. This allowed the athletic Frenchman to race ahead to finish things off 6-2 in the 4th set

Singles - Second Round

[2] R Federer (SUI) d. [Q] S Devvarman (IND) 62 61 61

[4] D Ferrer (ESP) d. A Montanes (ESP) 62 61 63

[6] J Tsonga (FRA) d. J Nieminen (FIN) 76(6) 64 63

[10] M Cilic (CRO) d. [WC] N Kyrgios (AUS) 64 62 62

[11] N Almagro (ESP) d. E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 62 64 63

[14] M Raonic (CAN) d. M Llodra (FRA) 75 36 76(3) 62

[15] G Simon (FRA) d. P Cuevas (URU) 67(2) 61 61 61

[18] S Querrey (USA) d. J Hajek (CZE) 64 75 64

[20] A Seppi (ITA)d. B Kavcic (SLO) 60 76(3) 67(2) 46 63

[23] K Anderson (RSA) d. E Donskoy (RUS) 67(8) 61 75 62

[25] J Chardy (FRA) d. R Bautista Agut (ESP) 61 75 64

[30] J Benneteau (FRA) d. T Kamke (GER) 76(9) 75 57 06 64

[32] T Robredo (ESP) d. I Sijsling (NED) 67(2) 46 63 61 61

[WC] G Monfils (FRA) d. E Gulbis (LAT) 67(5) 64 76(4) 62

V Troicki (SRB) d. D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 46 76(4) 60 67(7) 64

F Lopez (ESP) d. J Sousa (POR) 36 63 64 64


Singles - First Round

[8] J Tipsarevic (SRB) d. [WC] N Mahut (FRA) 62 76(4) 61

[24] B Paire (FRA) d. M Baghdatis (CYP) 36 76(1) 64 64

L Kubot (POL) d. [Q] M Teixeira (FRA) 64 57 76(7) 62

H Zeballos (ARG) d. [Q] V Pospisil (CAN) 76(9) 64 67(4) 26 86