Roger Federer Defeats Somdev Devvarman to Advance at 2013 French Open

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistMay 29, 2013

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 26:  Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a forehand during his Men's Singles match against Pablo Carreno-Busta of Spain during day one of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 26, 2013 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Swiss tennis star Roger Federer dominated the top Indian player in the tournament, Somdev Devvarman, by a score of 6-2, 6-1, 6-1 to advance to the third round of the 2013 French Open.


Somdev Devvarman (IND)  2 1 1
Roger Federer (SUI) [2] 6 6 6


Using his powerful serve and surprising lateral quickness for a player his age, the tournament's No. 2 seed dominated his opponent and sent a message to the rest of the field that he is still one of the top contenders for the Grand Slam title.

As great as he played Tuesday at Roland Garros, an incredibly tough field is still standing between Federer and his second French Open victory in his 15th appearance. 

The domination from Federer thus far at Roland Garros is reminiscent of the success the veteran had during the prime of his career, but he will have to show he can carry that over against legitimate competition.

The 2013 French Open field is deep—Rafael Nadal is back, Novak Djokovic is playing well and the rest of the men’s draw is looking to make a name for themselves—but with the confidence gained in the first two rounds, Federer is ready for a deep run.

Federer will next play Julien Benneteau, who beat Tobias Kamke in five sets.