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PARIS---Roger Federer walked
onto Court Suzanne Lenglen,
smiled when greeted with applause
and looked up into the stands,
where three youngsters waved a
banner that read, "Roger 4 Ever."
Forever? Probably not, but Federer
easily outlasted qualifier Somdev
Devvarman in the second round of
the French Open, winning 6-2, 6-
1, 6-1 yesterday.
Top-ranked Serena Williams also
showed staying power, extending her
career-best winning streak to 26
matches by beating wild card Car-
oline Garcia of France, 6-1, 6-2.
While Williams looks unbeatable
of late, Federer has yet to win a tour-
nament this year, the first time he
has arrived at Roland Garros without
a title since 2000. But he s rested
and healthy, and his vast repertoire
of shots was on full display against
Devvarman, who is ranked 188th and
now 0-9 against top-10 players.
The No 2-seeded Federer glided
across the clay, hitting winners from
all over the court---even beyond the
alleys---and looking at ease on a sur-
face that once vexed him.
He moved ahead of Budge Patty
into third place on the men s list for
match victories at Roland Garros
with 56. Guillermo Vilas and Nicola
Pietrangeli share the record of 58.
When Federer finally took the
Roland Garros title in 2009, he com-
pleted a career Grand Slam and tied
Pete Sampras record of 14 major
titles. He now seeks a record 18th
major title, and his first since Wim-
bledon last year.
Through two rounds, both against
qualifiers, Federer has lost only 11
games. Williams has dropped just
four games. She played the day s
final match and finished in a hurry,
committing only nine unforced errors
and never facing a break point.
"It s important for me to win eas-
ily," she said. "It s also important for
me to play well. If I play well, it will
bode well for me at Roland Garros."
Speaking French to the crowd dur-
ing a postmatch interview, Williams
was asked what she plans to work
on in practice.
"I d like to improve everything.
My French, too," she said, laughing.
The No 1-ranked Williams seeks
her first French Open title since
2002. She last reached the semifinal
Since losing in the first round a
year ago at Roland Garros, Williams
is 69-3, including titles at Wimble-
don, the US Open, the London
Olympics and the season-ending
The day began with No 3 Victoria
Azarenka filling a mostly empty sta-
dium court with her familiar shrieks
as she beat Elena Vesnina of Russia
6-1, 6-4 in a first-round match post-
poned one day because of rain. That
meant Azarenka reached the second
round 72 hours after some players.
"I felt like I m one of the last ones
to start," she said. "It was a long
wait, but I think performance-wise
it was a good match."
Azarenka waited in vain to play
for much of the day on a rainy Tues-
day, but said she wasn t flustered by
"I just really was chilling the whole
day, watching The Voice," she said.
"It was incredible. I was so enter-
tained. There s this girl, her name
is Judith. She was a duet singer with
Michael Jackson. She s absolutely
incredible. I mean, I have no idea
how sounds like that can come out
of somebody s mouth. It s just, wow."
Fans might say the same thing
about Azarenka, who wore down
Vesnina with her noisy but steady
baseline game, committing only 13
unforced errors. Former No 1 Car-
oline Wozniacki lost to Bojana
Jovanovski 7-6 (2), 6-3.
In other men s second-round play,
No 4 David Ferrer broke serve eight
times and beat fellow Spaniard Albert
Montanes 6-2, 6-1, 6-3. No 6 Jo-
Wilfried Tsonga of France eliminated
Jarkko Nieminen 7-6 (6), 6-4, 6-3.
No 10 Marin Cilic defeated 18-year-
old Australian Nick Kyrgios 6-4, 6-
SAO PAULO---It feels like the
Confederations Cup is already
starting for two-time
defending champion Brazil.
The team reported to its
training base in Rio de Janeiro
yesterday and began
preparing for the World Cup
warm-up tournament that it
will host from June 15-30.
The players underwent a
series of physical tests in the
morning and then trained in
Brazil will stay in the city for
a friendly against England at
the new Maracana stadium on
Sunday, and then move to a
base in Goiania, near the
capital Brasilia, where Brazil
will debut in the
Confederations Cup on June
15. Before that match, though,
Brazil will play France on June
9 in Porto Alegre.
Led by Neymar, Oscar, Lucas
and Thiago Silva, Brazil will be
looking for a third straight
Confederations Cup title, and
However, coach Luiz Felipe
Scolari was missing a few
players in the first training
Bayern Munich's Dante and
Luiz Gustavo have not yet
been released by the German
club, and players from
Brazilian teams Fluminense
and Atletico Mineiro will only
report after Copa Libertadores
matches this week.
The Brazilian federation said
Dante and Luiz Gustavo may
be dropped if they don't show
up by Saturday.
Brazil starts preparing for Confed Cup at home
Federer, Serena roll on in Paris
Serena Williams of the US returns against
Caroline Garcia of France in their second round
match of the French Open tennis tournament,
at Roland Garros stadium in Paris, yesterday.
Williams won in two sets 6-1, 6-2. AP PHOTO
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