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Federer Starts With Straight Sets Win in Paris


Roger is underway in Paris with a fairly comfortably 6-2 7-5 6-3 win against German Tobias Kamke, it wasn't vintage, it wasn't pretty but in the end he got the job done.

There's not a whole lot to say about the match other than it being sloppy from Roger and Kamke gave a decent account of himself. Roger started steadily enough and got an early break, only in true Roger style to relinquish it immediately. Luckily he was still just a touch above Kamke and broke the German in successive games to take the first set 6-2.

In the second set Roger has to fight back from 4-2 down after hitting far too many unforced errors, again he upped his level just a touch and managed to get back on serve eventually taking the set 7-5. By the third set he started playing a little better, still missing a few too many easy balls for my liking but it was a 1st round and he wasn't really tested so it makes it acceptable.

They're never easy, those first rounds. But overall I'm happy I'm through. Sometimes you have to come through when you're not playing your very best. I missed a few too many shots, but I was always in the lead and could afford to do those.

Overall I have to say this was a good start, the only thing that matters for a 1st round is that you win and Roger did that. You can't really take much away from matches like this as in all fairness it will have little to no bearing how he plays in his next match against Ungur.

If we're been critical he made way too many unforced error (47) and was far too casual at the net, something which over the tournament I'm sure will improve. On a side note there were also a few surprise results today that made Roger's draw a little easier – Nalbandian (his potential 2nd round opponent lost) and Feliciano Lopez who he was seeded to meet in the 4th round retired at 5-0 down in the first set with an abdominal injury. It looks pretty likely now that Roger will make the Quarters without too much hassle and I expect him to play Tomas Berdych.

Also I should add that Roger equaled Jimmy Connors record of Grand Slam match wins (233). An awesome effort considering that Roger is only 30 and Connors played well into his 40s.

I love the big tournaments. I have been so successful for such a long time and to already tie that record, at 30 years old, is pretty incredible, so I'm very happy.

Predictions vs. Ungur

Most fans, me included, expected Roger to be up against his old foe David Nalbandian but he was defeated by Romanian Adrian Ungur.

They've never played each other and by reaching the 2nd round here in Paris it's Ungurs best performance in a slam. I expect Roger to cruise in straights, although I'd like to see him up his level a little from today.

I'll say 6-2 6-2 6-4. See you Wednesday!


Huge fan of Roger Federer. I watch all his matches from Grand Slam level right down to ATP 250. When I'm not watching or writing about tennis I play regularly myself and have a keen interest in tactics, equipment and technicalties of the sport.

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  1. Fed will be fine. Kamke played to the fullest extent of his ability and Roger was basically playing in 2nd gear the whole match. He will definitely have more incentive to try harder and play better as the tournament goes on.

  2. That wasn’t a very good match but I think Roger was playing his b or c game and still won in three sets. I don’t think Federer shouldexpend a lotenergy for the first three rounds unless he absolutely has to. Roger really needs to conserve his energy until the quarters or even the semi’s so he has enough in the tank to crush the Nadal Machine.

    1. Yeah good point Dave, if it does transpire that he plays Berdych in the Quarters that could be quite a physically draining match…

  3. I’m confused – I didn’t see the match (too early in the am). If it was Roger’s B game, how the hell did they do 3 sets in 26 minutes? That’s what the ‘As it Happens’ blog on the Roland Garos website said, and the commentator later on.

  4. I was in office so couldn’t watch the match but was checking live score on ndtv site.. it surely must have been Fed’s C game.. Rightly said by dave, Fed should conserve his energy to beat Berdych & Djoker in the quarters & semis resp. If he does that & gets through to the final, he might very well beat Nadal in the final in 4 or maybe 5 sets.. I’d love to see Fed-Nadal final with Fed triumphing over Nadal.. Lets’ just hope it happens..

    1. Yeah it was, you didn’t miss much Nikhil that’s for sure.

      Ungur should be an easy match so he should be fully energised for a deep run in the tournament…

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