French Open: Roger Federer thrashes Janko Tipsarevic

French Open

Venue:
Roland Garros, Paris
Date:
22 May-5 June
Coverage:
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Roger Federer
Federer won the French Open title in 2009

Third seed Roger Federer coasted into round four of the French Open with a 6-1 6-4 6-3 win over Janko Tipsarevic.

The 29-year-old, winner of 16 Grand Slams, took the opening set in just 19 minutes against the Serbian, who was sporting his customary dark glasses.

Federer completed an assured victory against the 29th seed in 90 minutes and will now play Stanislas Wawrinka, who beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in five sets.

Seventh seed David Ferrer brushed aside Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-1 6-1 6-3.

Federer, playing in his 46th consecutive Grand Slam, was taken to five sets by Tipsarevic in the 2008 Australian Open before winning 10-8 in the decider, but a hugely impressive performance avoided a similar test in Paris.

He allowed his 26-year-old opponent only 10 points in the first set.

On a chilly Suzanne Lenglen court, where the temperature hovered around 19 degrees, the Swiss was a break to the good for a 3-2 lead in the second set and held serve for 4-2, fighting off the only break point he faced.

When Tipsarevic sent a backhand service return into the net he conceded the set in 39 minutes and Federer continued his dominance by breaking in the first game of the third.

"I'm very happy, really," he said. "I thought that it would have been a lot more difficult. The first set was the key. That gave me confidence and it made him doubt his game plan."

With much of the attention on Novak Djokovic, unbeaten this year, and top seed Rafael Nadal, Federer added: "That leaves me out of a pressure situation and that's no bad thing for me. Overall it was a really good match for me and I'm happy to have another early finish.

"I think my game is good enough to win here, sure, otherwise I wouldn't be here. I'm at peace with my game right now. Physically I feel better. My body is in better shape. I've had more practice, more matches, because between Australia and Roland Garros last year I didn't play much, and when I played it was a bit difficult.

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"It's still early in the tournament but at the same time it's really nice to be moving in the draw so well and so quickly."

Tipsarevic admitted he had been outplayed by the masterful former world number one.

"I was honestly expecting more from myself but he was just too good. Where I made a mistake was that I gave him the first break of my serve as a present," he lamented.

"Something I don't think I could do anything about was returning his serve. Did anyone ever hit more lines from first serves than he did? And I'm not saying that it had anything to do with luck."

Ferrer, who is on course to meet Federer in the quarter-finals, next faces Frenchman Gael Monfils, who beat Belgian Steve Darcis 6-3 6-4 7-5.

Mikhail Youzny, the 12th seed, suffered a 6-1 7-6 (7-0) 6-1 defeat against Albert Montanes of Spain, while Italy's Fabio Fognini came from behind to defeat 30th seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in four sets 4-6 6-3 6-3 6-1.

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