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Roger Federer, Serena Williams advance to second round of French Open

Roger Federer hits a return to Lukas Lacko of Slovakia during their men's singles match at the French Open on Sunday. (Source: Reuters) Roger Federer hits a return to Lukas Lacko of Slovakia during their men's singles match at the French Open on Sunday. (Source: Reuters)
Associated Press | Paris | Posted: May 25, 2014 8:18 pm

The young Federer sisters were in the stands watching daddy win his opening match at the French Open, and the Williams sisters were on separate courts Sunday ensuring their own progress.

Roger Federer had little trouble beating Lukas Lacko of Slovakia 6-2, 6-4, 6-2. As soon as he finished, Serena Williams took over on Court Philippe Chatrier, the main stadium at Roland Garros, and beat Alize Lim 6-2, 6-1.

Over on Court Suzanne Lenglen, Venus Williams was also playing, and winning. The older Williams sibling defeated Belinda Bencic 6-4, 6-1.

Serena, the defending champion, could meet Venus in the third round if both get through their next matches.

The French Open is only Federer’s third clay-court tournament this season. He reached the final in Monte Carlo but missed the Madrid tournament when his second set of twins, boys Leo and Lenny, was born.

His first match after their birth was a loss in Rome.

On Sunday, with the clay court hard and damp due to days of rain and overcast skies, the fourth-seeded Federer was back to himself, winning five of his 11 break points.

“I was happy seeing, getting early signs out of the match that I was actually playing well and I was going to get my chances I was looking for,” Federer said. “My personal life, as we know, it’s all great, so I’m happy the family is here.”

Federer’s twin girls, Myla Rose and Charlene Riva, will turn 5 in July. They were sitting in Federer’s box along with his wife Mirka at the start.

The French Open is the only Grand Slam tournament to start on Sunday, and Federer played the second match on center court.

“I wasn’t nervous, actually, going into the match. It’s more just like those hints of fear, maybe yesterday, maybe this morning at one point, just for like five seconds, `Oh, I really hope I don’t have to pack my bags today,’ that kind of feeling,” Federer said.

Eighth-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada also advanced, beating Nick Kyrgios of Australia 6-3, 7-6 (1), 6-3.

Raonic is the youngest man in the top 10 of the tennis rankings, and Kyrgios was the youngest man in this year’s French Open draw at 19.

“I was a bit nervous going out in the first set. That’s normal, I think,” said Kyrgios, a former top-ranked junior player who won the junior Australian Open in 2013.

Other men’s winners included No. 6 Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, No. 15 Mikhail Youzhny of Russia and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic.

Serena Williams dictated most points in her match against Lim, a wild-card entry from France.

The top-seeded Serena is a 17-time major champion who was facing a woman making her Grand Slam debut. Still, continued…

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