Federer records 60th win at Roland Garros; Moves to third round

Roger Federer has become the first man in tennis history to record 60 or more match wins at all four Grand Slam championships.

Fourth seed Federer extended his winning streak to 20 matches against qualifiers at Grand Slam championships on Wednesday when the 2009 Roland Garros champion beat Diego Sebastian Schwartzman.

Federer notched his 60th match win at Roland Garros with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win against the World No. 109, who was making his first appearance at a major, on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

"I think it was kind of tough all the way through for me," said Federer. "I didn't feel relaxed for the entire match. He managed to put pressure on me and keep the pressure on me."

The 32-year-old Federer is 73-11 at the Australian Open, 60-14 at Roland Garros, 67-8 at Wimbledon and 67-9 at the US Open.

The 17-times grand slam champion from Switzerland, was kept under pressure throughout the match by Schwartzman, who never gave up and even broke serve in the first set.

"I've always felt he had a little bit of an upper hand from the baseline. I feel he was doing a really good job being aggressive and making good plays," said Federer.

"Clearly because of his height he doesn’t have the biggest serve, and that kept me sometimes in two minds. But he handled the conditions really well. He’s probably going to move up the rankings. He’s very steady, very fast, got some good qualities.

"I wish I could have played a bit more freely today overall. But then again, I think it was a solid match.

"I served well. That's always the key to stay solid in your own service games."

It was the kind of match the former world No.1, seeded fourth in Paris, needed to get ready for tougher challenges that lie ahead.

"I was feeling good, but then I don't know what the reason is but I couldn't really play freely," the 2009 champion said.

"But also, it's good to play this way, as if each point was a break point, because you have to put more energy into your game.

"But then this being said, it's nice to go through difficult moments. Today was such a match even though you can't see this in the score."

Federer now faces Dmitry Tursunov in the third round after the 31st seed beat American Sam Querrey 6-4, 7-5, 6-1. He has a 4-0 record against the Russian but the two have never played on clay.

Date: 28th May 2014, Source: ATP and Reuters


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