Roger Federer moves into 3rd round at French Open

Roger Federer moves into 3rd round at French Open

Published May. 25, 2011 1:54 p.m. ET

Roger Federer made it look easy at the French Open on Wednesday, winning 13 straight games from the first set to the third.

The 2009 champion at Roland Garros, despite being broken early in the match, beat French wild card Maxime Teixeira 6-3, 6-0, 6-2 to reach the third round. Teixeira is 1-1 at the French Open after winning his first tour-level match on Sunday.

''He fought hard, and afterwards he was trying to get the best score,'' Federer said of his 22-year-old opponent. ''The score was balanced for 1 1/2 sets, but even then he fought hard.''

Federer didn't face a single break point in his opening match, and Teixeira managed only one on Wednesday - and he converted it. But then after the Frenchman held to go to 3-3, Federer dominated and didn't lose another game until the Teixeira made it 4-1 in the third set.


''During 1 1/2 sets you're really well focused, and after this you can relax a little at the end of the match. And it was a bit simpler as well at the end,'' Federer said. ''Now I'm very happy with these types of matches. I can practice more and so on, but now I'm really in the tournament, which is a good thing.''

Teixeira had beaten another French wild card, Vincent Millot, in the first round.

''I gave it all. I did what I could,'' Teixeira said. ''To play against Roger is an incredible experience. I'll never forget it and it will be great memories.''

Federer will next face 29th-seeded Janko Tipsarevic, who beat Pere Riba of Spain 6-1, 6-3, 6-0. Tipsarevic took Federer to five sets in the third round of the 2008 Australian Open, eventually losing 10-8.

''I think he's a dangerous player on the big courts against the big players. He played really well against these players, so let's be careful,'' Federer said. ''Let's be ready in advance, because he can vary his game on hard courts, on clay as well. He can do all sorts of things.''


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