Fedex has it easy in second-round win
Roger Federer launched his North American hardcourt campaign with a workmanlike 7-6 6-3 win over Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela to move confidently into the third round of the Toronto Masters on Tuesday.sports Updated: Aug 12, 2010 00:57 IST
Roger Federer launched his North American hardcourt campaign with a workmanlike 7-6 6-3 win over Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela to move confidently into the third round of the Toronto Masters on Tuesday.
Twice a champion in Canada, it seemed business as usual for Federer when he strolled onto a packed center court to the cheers of an adoring crowd.
But while the surroundings were familiar, the situation was not as Federer has surrendered the number one world ranking he held for 285 weeks and entered a tournament as the third seed for the first time since November 2003.
Playing in his first tournament since a shock quarter-final exit at the All-England Club, Federer needed a few games to knock off some rust.
"It's always nice to come back after six weeks and get the win," Federer told reporters. "It's normal that you're a bit rusty after six weeks. You have to work your way into playing matches again."
Federer celebrated his 29th birthday on Sunday with cake and talk that his career was on the decline. But if there has been a drop off in Federer's game, there were no signs during the 81 minutes he spent on court against Chela.
The 16-time grand slam winner grabbed the early break to go up 4-2. But the Swiss maestro then began to misfire as he sent shots wide and long to let Chela back into the set before prevailing in the tiebreaker.
Federer again took the initiative in the second set with an early break and this time remained in control cursing to a comfortable win.
"I think I really did some good things out there and a bit of a pity I had a letdown at 5-2 up in the first set, because I think I really had things going my way then," said Federer.
Sharapova picks up win at Cincinnati
Cincinnati, USA: Maria Sharapova battled to a 6-4 1-6 6-2 victory over in-form Russian compatriot Svetlana Kuznetsova to reach the second round of the Cincinnati Masters on Tuesday.
Sharapova, winner of three grand slams including the 2006 US Open, broke Kuznetsova in the ninth game of the opening set to take early control of their match.
But Kuznetsova roared back into the match by sweeping through the second set in just 30 minutes.
In the third, former world number one Sharapova once again benefited from her never-say-die approach by taking the initiative and surging 3-0 ahead before she broke Kuznetsova a second time in the decider to close out the match.
First Published: Aug 12, 2010 00:42 IST