Roger Federer's Easy Win in Round 1 Doesn't Tell Us Much at 2013 French Open

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent IMay 28, 2013

May 26, 2013; Paris, France; Roger Federer (SUI) holds a bouquet of flowers after his match against  Pablo Carreno-Busta (ESP) on day one of the 2013 French Open at Roland Garros.  Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports
Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

Roger Federer annihilated Spain's Pablo Carreno-Busta in Round 1, winning the match, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3, to move on to the second round of the 2013 French Open

He dominated the action from the first serve to his final backhand winner, losing just seven points on his first serve while being broken just once. 

But there's no deeper meaning to this victory—no clear message to take. 

Federer is supposed to dispatch with his first-round opponent.

Carreno-Busta is the No. 164-ranked player in the world, and the only way this match would have made any real news is if he had somehow done what Daniel Brands did to Rafael Nadal on Monday, taking a set from the King of Clay.

Federer, though perhaps not quite as dominant as he once was in his prime, is still one of the most dominant men's tennis players in the world. At the age of 31, he's ranked No. 3 behind Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray and should easily make it to the quarterfinals at Roland Garros. 

Even if Federer does sail through the early rounds in straight sets, it still won't mean anything when looking at the tournament as a whole. 

After all, he easily made his way to the men's final at the Rome Masters, winning all four of his matches leading up to the final in straight sets before he was hammered by Nadal, 1-6, 3-6.

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We all know Federer can still dominate guys he's supposed to dominate, but the question remains as to whether or not he can beat the world's best—especially on the clay at Roland Garros.

As stellar as Federer's career has been, he's struggled in the French Open more than he has in any other Grand Slam. He has one career victory at Roland Garros and just five finals appearances. 

To be fair, were any other player besides Federer being examined here, those numbers would be superb.

Perhaps they still are, but with Federer, the expectation is always win or bust. 

And until Federer defeats Nadal or Djokovic on the clay at Roland Garros, the French Open will be viewed as a disappointment. 

Next up for the man who has won more Grand Slam titles than any other in history is Somdev Devvarman from India. He's the No. 188th-ranked player on the ATP, has a 9-7 record this year and has won two career tournaments—both of which occurred on a hard surface.

It should be another easy victory for FedEx in Round 2, but it won't prove anything in the grand scheme of things.

Federer's real tests come in the latter rounds.

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