French Open: Stylish Roger Federer and Kei Nishikori sail into the 2nd round

first_imgFrench Open: Stylish Roger Federer and Kei Nishikori sail into the 2nd roundRoger Federer, back on the Paris clay 10 years after his only title here, swept aside Italian Lorenzo Sonego 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 in a graceful performance on an expanded court Philippe Chatrieradvertisement Next Reuters ParisMay 26, 2019UPDATED: May 26, 2019 23:56 IST Roger Federer sailed into the 2nd round of the French open with an easy victory (Twitter: @rolandgarros)HIGHLIGHTSRoger Federer advanced to the 2nd round with a straight sets victory over Lorenzo SonegoKei Nishikori beat French wildcard Quentin Halys 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 to join FedererGreek youngster Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Maximilian Marterer 6-2, 6-2, 7-6(4) in a clinical performanceRoger Federer made a stylish comeback to the French Open after a three-year hiatus as the revamped, widely-acclaimed Roland Garros burst into life on Sunday.The 20-time Grand Slam champion, back on the Paris clay 10 years after his only title here, swept aside Italian Lorenzo Sonego 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 in a graceful performance on an expanded court Philippe Chatrier.”The reception I got today was crazy, it was really nice to see a full stadium for a first round like this. It was a beauty,” the 37-year-old Swiss told reporters.Last year’s semi-finalist Marco Cecchinato of Italy, seeded 16th, was at the receiving end of Nicolas Mahut’s spectacular comeback as the local favourite advanced into the second round with a 2-6, 6-7(8-6), 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 victory on court Simonne Mathieu.Japan’s Kei Nishikori was untroubled in his encounter against French wildcard Quentin Halys, winning 6-2, 6-3, 6-4.Le retour triomphal de Federer, les victoires de @STsitsipas, @GrigorDimitrov et @keinishikori , l’exploit @nmahut, le forfait de Félix Auger-AliassimeLes dernières nouvelles de #RG19 https://t.co/cti0AQOoYV pic.twitter.com/TElkZ6uXVIRoland-Garros (@rolandgarros) May 26, 2019Halys’ 39 unforced errors and 10 double faults against the seventh seed led to his downfall.Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov needed over three hours to beat Serbian veteran Janko Tipsarevic 6-3, 6-0, 3-6, 6-7(4), 6-4. Greek youngster Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Maximilian Marterer 6-2, 6-2, 7-6(4) in a clinical performance. The 20-year-old sixth seed broke Marterer four times and had 36 winners, with 29 unforced errors.Dimitrov hit 70 winners and 12 aces in a match where both players came up to the net numerous times, with the Bulgarian winning 28 net points to Tipsarevic’s 25.advertisementCroatia’s Marin Cilic enjoyed a relatively comfortable 6-3, 7-5, 6-1 win over Italy’s Thomas Fabbiano.The 11th seed fired 13 aces and 32 winners to beat his opponent, winning a whopping 86% of his points on his first serve.Top favourites Rafa Nadal, the 11-time champion, and world number one Novak Djokovic will be in first-round action on Monday.Also Read | French Open: Federer advances to 2nd round with straight-sets victory over SonegoAlso Read | French Open: 3-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber crashes out in first roundFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Roger FedererFollow French OpenFollow Kei Nishikorilast_img read more