French Open: Roger Federer opens with a win
Roger Federer spent as little time as possible on court on the opening day of the French Open, beating Lukas Lacko 6-2 6-4 6-2 before returning to his parental duties on Mother’s Day in Paris.
Watched by his wife, Mirka, and his twin girls, the Swiss former champion moved gently through the gears against the shaggy-haired Slovakian under grey skies on the Philippe Chatrier show court.
Federer declared himself satisfied with his win before returning to help Mirka look after his newly born twin boys.
Venus Williams, wearing a self-designed dress that added splashes of colour to a grey day, showed she is still a force at the age of 33 by taking, and returning, all that Belinda Bencic could throw at her in winning 6-4 6-1.
The 17-year-old Bencic, coached by Martina Hingis’s mother, traded low, hard blows with the American from the back of the court but Williams had too much experience for the Swiss.
Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny, the 15th seed, recovered from two sets down to beat Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain 3-6 1-6 6-3 6-4 6-0 while Milos Raonic and Agnieszka Radwanska shook off the morning chill to ease into the second round.
Poland’s Radwanska, the third seed, won 6-3 6-0 after the first seven games against Zhang Shuai went against serve. Canadian Raonic, seeded eighth, beat the feisty Australian Nick Kyrgios 6-3 7-6(1) 6-3 and then charmed the Roland Garros crowd by conducting his on-court interview in French.
Radwanska set the ball rolling on the main Philippe Chatrier show court under overcast skies. Forecasters warn intermittent rain is expected over the early days of the tournament.