Federer Accounts for Granollers, Nishikori, Wawrinka Advance

Roger Federer maintained his poise and professionalism and ensured victory was a happy end against Spaniard Marcel Granollers on Wednesday, as the second seed sealed a third round spot at the French Open.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion, who is bidding for his second French Open crown, fought back from 2-4 and 0-2 down in the second and third set to advance 6-2 7-6(7-1) 6-3 to the round of 32 on Court Suzanne-Lenglen.

“I think I was actually playing very well,” said Federer. “I wasn’t nervous really. I think things went well for me for the first couple of sets. I think I was in control. Even though I was down a break in the second set, I still felt the match was in my racquet. And when you feel that way, obviously you’re always going to feel more confident, more comfortable, not nervous.

“But the thing you don’t want to do is you want to start off badly sets, and that’s what happened in the beginning of the third. I played a horrible game. It was just very disappointing and frustrating. But after that, I must say, it was probably my best spell of the match right after that… I was offensive. I was successful at net. So overall, I was very, very pleased.”

The Swiss, now 27-5 in 2015, will face Damir Dzumhur, who saw off Marcos Baghdatis 6-4 6-3 4-6 2-6 also on Wednesday.

Roger Federer after Defeating Marcel Granollers at the French Open. Image: RG via Getty.
Roger Federer after Defeating Marcel Granollers at the French Open. Image: RG via Getty.

“I don’t know him (Dzumhur) very well,” said Federer. “I might even go so far to say I have actually almost never seen him play maybe before. [It will be an] interesting match-up clearly, and [a] different approach to the match I played today.”

Federer broke Granollers twice early into their 24-minute opening set, but almost faced the difficult challenge of fending off set point in the seventh game of second set, eventually breaking back to close gap. He regained his composure and went on to lose just two of his service point, taking the 49 minute-long set in a tie-breaker.

Granollers raced into a 2-0 lead in the third set, but Federer’s recovery mission was again plausible clinching his third break point opportunity in a 12-point seventh game.

Overall, the 2009 winner, 34, hit 38 winners, including three aces, converting 5 out of 8 break point opportunities to claim victory in one hour and 47 minutes.

Kei Nishikori Returns a Serve against Bellucci at the Philippe-Chatrier on Wednesday. Image: Getty.
Kei Nishikori Returns a Serve against Bellucci at the Philippe-Chatrier on Wednesday. Image: Getty.

Keri Nishikori surmounted his most difficult test so far in Paris in straight sets against Thomas Bellucci.

The fifth seed secured a 7-5, 6-4, 6-4 win over his Brazilian opponent to set up Benjamin Becker, who downed No. 32 seed Fernando Verdasco 6-4 0-6 1-6 7-5 10-8.

Bellucci was brimming with confidence having secured his 100th clay court match-win of his career last Saturday in lifting the Geneva trophy, followed with an emphatic defeat of Marino Matosevic for the loss of just five games in the first round at Roland Garros.

But the statistics did not add up well for the world No. 40 who fumbled with the ball so often, producing 43 unforced errors and ten double faults in the game which lasted for two hours and 22 minutes.

Earlier on Wednesday, eighth seed Stanislas Warinka advanced into the third round with a 6-3 6-4 5-7 6-3 win over Dusan Lajovic.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Singles – Second Round

[2] Roger Federer (SUI) d. Marcel Granollers (ESP) 62 76(1) 63
[4] Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs. Radek Stepanek (CZE)
[5] Kei Nishikori (JPN) d. Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) 75 64 64
[8] Stan Wawrinka (SUI) d. Dusan Lajovic (SRB) 63 64 57 63
[12] Gilles Simon (FRA) d. Martin Klizan (SVK) 75 62 63
[13] Gael Monfils (FRA) vs. Diego Schwartzman (ARG)
[14] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) vs. Dudi Sela (ISR)
[19] Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) vs. Lukas Rosol (CZE)
[21] Pablo Cuevas (URU) vs. Dominic Thiem (AUT)
[22] Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) vs. Pablo Andujar (ESP)
[24] Ernests Gulbis (LAT) vs. Nicolas Mahut (FRA)
[28] Fabio Fognini (ITA) vs. Benoit Paire (FRA)
Benjamin Becker (GER) d. [32] Fernando Verdasco (ESP) 64 06 16 75 10-8
Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) d. Juan Monaco (ARG) 63 64 62
Damir Dzumhur (BIH) d. Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) 64 63 46 62
Steve Johnson (USA) d. Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) 26 63 76(5) 76(6)

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