Brilliant Federer sails past Teixeira

Stosur, Wozniacki have it easy in second round

Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki in action against Aleksandra Wozniak in the French Open second round on Wednesday. AFP

World number three Federer thrashed French wildcard Maxime Teixeira 6-3, 6-0, 6-2 in an 84-minute morning jog as dozens of panamas bloomed in the Court Suzanne Lenglen stands.

Swiss Federer, who has not won a Grand Slam title since the 2010 Australian Open, misfired a few routine forehands in the opening set before he revved up the engine to flatten world number 181 Teixeira.

Federer, a 16-times Grand Slam champion who will next face Serbia's Janko Tipsarevic, offered some words of consolation to his unheralded opponent.

“It is so hard to play on a big court when you're not used to it. I think Max did a good match. He fought well,” the Swiss said courtside.

The 22-year-old Teixeira, who had never played a match on the main Tour before this year's French Open, said: “It's an incredible experience. Playing against Roger is something I will never forget. I did what I could.”

Little-known Romanian Simona Halep will probably like to forget her Court One outing on a sunny Parisian morning against last year's runner-up Stosur.

Stosur looked like she would be handing Halep the dreaded 'double bagel' for breakfast but in the end had to settle for a 6-0, 6-2 win in 66 minutes.

On kids day at Roland Garros, the eighth-seeded Stosur was in no mood to fool around as her pace and kicked serve proved too much to handle for the world number 67, who bowed out when she mishit a crosscourt forehand.

World number one Caroline Wozniacki was coasting towards a routine win but her second-round opponent, Canada's Aleksandra Wozniak, trapped her into a moonballing contest and set up three set points in the second set.

Dane Wozniacki, who has yet to claim a Grand Slam title, survived the test thanks to her powerful forehand and won 6-3, 7-6.

Wozniacki then hoped Barcelona could do the same professional job against Manchester United in this weekend's Champions League final.

The top seed wants the Spanish side to beat her side's English rivals in European football’s biggest game on Saturday.

“I think it's a tough one to call. It's two great teams but at the same time I like Barcelona. So, yeah, I hope a little bit that they will win,” the Dane told reporters after a win that lacked the style of Barca but revealed a steely determination any football side would be proud of.

On a hot start to the day, the world number one dominated her near namesake at the start with two early breaks and although she dropped her serve late in the first set she was always in command thanks to her fierce forehand.

Looking down and out in the second set tiebreak and after a row with the umpire over a line call, Wozniacki stormed back to seal victory and a third-round meeting with 28th seed Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia. “I started off really well, and everything was going the way I wanted it to. Second set she played better,” added Wozniacki, “I started to play a little bit worse. Thankfully I finished it in two sets. It could easily have been three.”
The heat and a plucky opponent initially left 17th seed Julia Goerges frazzled as she fell a set and 3-1 behind.

But the in-form German, who won the Stuttgart tournament and reached the last four in Madrid during the past few weeks, relied on her survival instincts to floor Czech Lucie Safarova 2-6, 7-5, 6-2.

Goerges, however, did not let the win go to her head. Asked who she would pick as the tournament favourite, she quipped: “For sure not me.”

Results: Men’s singles:  Steve Darcis (Bel) bt Philipp Petzschner (Ger) 7-5, 6-4, 6-4; 9-Gael Monfils (Fra) bt Guillaume Rufin (Fra) 6-3, 1-6, 6-1, 6-3; 7-David Ferrer (Esp) bt Julien Benneteau (Fra) 6-3, 6-4, 6-2; 31-Sergiy Stakhovsky (Ukr) bt Kei Nishikori (Jap) 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3); 29-Janko Tipsarevic (Srb) bt Pere Riba (Esp) 6-1, 6-3, 6-0;  3-Roger Federer (Sui) bt Maxime Teixeira (Fra) 6-3, 6-0, 6-2.

Women’s singles: 10-Jelena Jankovic (Srb) bt Vera Dushevina (Rus) 6-3, 6-2; Rebecca Marino (Can) bt Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (Esp) 2-6, 6-3, 6-3; 14-Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Rus) bt Mona Barthel (Ger) 6-0, 7-6 (7-5); Nuria Llagostera Vives (Esp) bt Alize Cornet (Fra) 6-0, 6-2; 13-Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus) beat Irina Begu (Rom) 6-1, 6-1; 28-Daniela Hantuchova (Slk) bt Sara Errani (Ita) 6-1, 6-2; 17-Julia Goerges (Ger) bt Lucie Safarova (Cze) 2-6, 7-5, 6-2; 1-Caroline Wozniacki (Den) bt Aleksandra Wozniak (Can) 6-3, 7-6 (8-6); Gisela Dulko (Arg) bt 32-Tsvetana Pironkova (Blg) 6-4, 6-2; Anastasia Rodionova (Aus) bt Edina Gallovits-Hall (Rom) 6-1, 6-4; 8-Samantha Stosur (Aus) bt Simona Halep (Rom) 6-0, 6-2.

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