Roger Federer storms into next round at French Open

Roger Federer gave French wild card Maxime Teixeira a grand slam lesson in the second round of the French Open this morning.

The 2009 champion is playing in his 46th consecutive major - 45 more than his opponent - and, after a scrappy opening, Federer went on a run of 13 consecutive games before closing out the victory 6-3 6-0 6-2 in an hour and 24 minutes.



The third seed said: "I had to keep my focus to start with because you never know what might happen and what he can produce. For one and a half sets you're really focused, then after that you can relax a little."



After Rafael Nadal's epic encounter with John Isner yesterday, Federer was happy to have his day's work finished by lunchtime.



"I'm very happy with these types of matches," he added. "I can practice more but now I'm really in the tournament, which is a good thing."



It was certainly a challenging draw for 22-year-old Teixeira in his maiden grand slam, and Federer recalled his first big match against Andre Agassi as a 17-year-old in his home city of Basle.



The 16-time grand slam champion said: "It was the first round. I couldn't believe the draw and, just like him (Teixeira), I was playing at home with all my friends and family watching.



"After the match (he lost 6-3 6-2) I thought I did my best. On the one hand, you can't win. If you win, it's like a miracle, a crazy miracle. I thought I had played a good match against Agassi, and I hope that Teixeira thinks the same today."



Federer's opponent in the third round, Janko Tipsarevic, had an even easier time of it, beating Pere Riba 6-1 6-3 6-0.



The Swiss knows all about Tipsarevic's qualities after needing five sets to get past him at the Australian Open in 2008, and he added: "He's a dangerous player on the big courts against the big players. I'll have to be careful."

Teixeira declared himself happy with his performance, saying: "I really enjoyed it, even though this is a bit of a tough score.

"I played my match. Maybe he had doubts in the first set but it's not easy when the games go quickly. I did my best and I'm satisfied."



Seventh seed David Ferrer stayed on course for a quarter-final meeting with Federer by defeating Julien Benneteau 6-3 6-4 6-2.



It was another impressive showing from the Spaniard, who has been one of the top performers on both clay and hard courts this season.



Ferrer said: "I played a great match. It's true that I've never had such a good start to the year. Roland Garros is a very special tournament for me. I will try to manage this tournament very calmly."



Ferrer's next opponent will be 31st seed Sergiy Stakhovsky from Ukraine, who edged a tight encounter with Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-1 3-6 6-3 7-6 (7-3).



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