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Roger Federer Rolls, Andy Murray Escapes in French Open First Round Action

David MitchellCorrespondent IMay 24, 2010

PARIS - MAY 24:  Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a forehand during the men's singles first round match between Roger Federer of Switzerland and Peter Luczak of Australia at the French Open on day two of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 24, 2010 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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On a day with few surprises, top-ranked Roger Federer didn't disappoint.

After going winless throughout the clay season, Federer rebounded to defeat Peter Luczak of Australia in straight sets 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 on Monday.

Committing just 11 unforced errors and facing just one break point, Federer easily dispatched of the Aussie, showing no ill effects from his recent struggles on clay courts.

"If it was anyone else, I'd be getting pretty angry," Luczak told the Associated Press. "He just had me on a string and just was toying with me at the end. I think he was enjoying it."

Third-seeded Novak Djokovic also advanced easily to the second round, defeating Evgeny Korolev 6-1, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3.

While most of the top seeds experienced little trouble in advancing to the second round, No. 4 Andy Murray struggled in a five-set victory over opponent Richard Gasquet of France.

After losing the first two sets, Murray rebounded in the final three to defeat Gasquet 4-6, 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-2, 6-1. Although Gasquet appeared to be in control of the match early on, he began to show signs of weakness in the third set and even received treatment on his legs after the fourth.

While it would appear that Murray could be vulnerable in the second round, his opponent will be Juan Ignacio Chela, who Murray easily defeated 6-3, 6-3 at the Matua Madrilena Masters in Madrid, Spain a little over a week ago.

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As conditions at Roland Garros will be similar, it is likely that the result will be as well.

Although Federer came up empty throughout the clay season, experiencing a couple of inexplicable early-round exits along the way, he appeared in control in his victory over Luczak on Monday. He will now move ahead to face Alejandro Falla of Colombia in the second round of his French Open title defense.

Falla, who defeated Janko Tipsarevic 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 in his opening round match, goes into the match with a losing record in singles matches and having never won a singles title.

Despite a few surprising losses during the clay season, Federer appears to be in good standing as he goes forward, facing no one with a better ranking than No. 60 until at least the fourth round.

Other notable results in first-round action include Viktor Troicki's upset over No. 21 Tommy Robredo in straight sets, Julian Reister over No. 27 Feliciano Lopez, and a 71-game marathon in which American Michael Yani fell just short against Lukas Lacko of Slovakia 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5), 12-10.

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