Today on Suzanne-Lenglen Court, Roger Federer put an abrupt end to Maxime Teixeira’s dreams of glory at Roland-Garros.
The young Frenchman, who occupied 181st position in the ATP rankings, managed to clinch a few games in the first set, but subsequently the Swiss maestro showed no mercy.
Federer sealed the deal in straight sets 6-3 6-0 6-2 in 1'24".
After having ousted Spain’s Feliciano Lopez in straight sets in the first round, the tournament’s n°3 seed now advances to the third round of the French Open without having dropped a single set.
Last year, when he was the defending champion, Federer was knocked out in the quarterfinals by Robin Söderling. The Swede put an end to Federer’s series of 23 consecutive Grand Slam semifinal appearances: A record! Winner of the French Open in 2009, the former world No. 1 is this year taking part in the Parisian tournament for the 13th consecutive time. Before winning the title here in 2009, when he defeated Robin Söderling in the final, he had been runner-up the previous three years (2006, 2007 and 2008), losing to Rafael Nadal in the final each time.
It was almost certain Federer would outplayed Teixeira, given the fact the Frenchman entered the main draw of a major for the first time in his career.
It will be interesting to see if the Swiss can profit from the fact the media are mainly talking about the world No. 1 Rafael Nadal and "invincible man" Novak Djokovic. Therefore, Federer has nothing to lose anymore. It's the first time since 2002 the Swiss will be in a position where he is not favorite.
If Nadal or Djokovic should have a difficult tournament, Federer will be the next player; who could take advantage of the situation.
The 16-time major champion will next play Serbia's Janko Tipsarevic, who forced him to a fifth set in Australia back in 2008. However, Federer leads Tipsarevic 3-0 in their head-to-head meetings.
If Federer get passed the world No. 32, then who knows where he will stop...