Roger Federer marched into the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters Tuesday as the three-time finalist inflicted a 6-2, 6-1 defeat on German Philipp Kohlschreiber.
World number three Federer, seeded second in the knee injury absence of Novak Djokovic, earned a sixth victory without a loss against the 32nd-ranked Kohlschreiber.
Federer, losing finalist at the Country Club 2006-2008 against Rafael Nadal, was the first of the major players to go into action after a bye, with top seed Nadal and number three Andy Murraymaking their 2011 Monte Carlo debuts on Wednesday.
Nadal, aiming for an historic seventh straight trophy here, had an early-morning fitness session with Caroline Wozniacki.
Federer's victory in 50 minutes left him undefeated in 47 straight matches against Germans dating to June, 2002, when he lost to Nicolas Kiefer in Halle. It was his his 23rd win of the season against four losses, three against Djokovic and his last to Nadal in the Miami semi-finals.
Against Kohlschreiber he lost just two points in three games as he made a fast start. He is playing Monte Carlo for the first time since 2009,
Simon, Lopez win
In a pair of first-round results,French 16th seed Gilles Simon defeated Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci 6-3, 6-2 while Spain's Feliciano Lopez overcame Serb Janko Tipsarevic in a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) fightbackduring the day .