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Loads to look forward to at Roland Garros as stars take court

Loads in store for tennis fans as stars including Roger Federer, Venus Williams and Andy Murray will take the court at the French Open.

sports Updated: May 26, 2010 13:44 IST

Roger Federer will have seen it all before when he takes on Alejandro Falla in his second round match at the French Open on Wednesday.

The Swiss maestro faced the Colombian at the same stage four years ago and it would be a brave call to suggest anything other than a repeat of the straight-sets win he enjoyed then.

Falla, who flips between the main and challenger tours, has had a mixed season although he tasted an impressive victory over the dangerous Janko Tipsarevic from Serbia, in the first round.

Meanwhile, Venus Williams, eager to enter the French Open winners' club, which Federer joined last year, takes on Spain's Arantxa Parra Santonja in the first match on the main Philippe Chatrier court.

Robin Soderling, who has a unique CV that boasts of a Roland Garros victory over Rafa Nadal in last year's fourth round, opens the action on the Suzanne Lenglen court against big-serving American Taylor Dent, who has reached the second round of the Roland Garros for the first time.

British fourth seed Andy Murray, exhausted after a five-set epic against Richard Gasquet, is third on Court One and should still have enough in the tank to get past Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela.

Denmark's third seed Caroline Wozniacki closes the action on Lenglen against Italy's Tathiana Garbin, after home favourites Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Aravane Rezai have already made their bids to reach the third round.

First Published: May 26, 2010 13:21 IST