Paris, France (Sports Network) - Former champion Roger Federer handled Spanish
qualifier Pablo Carreno-Busta as the French Open swung into action Sunday in
Federer cruised past Carreno-Busta by a 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 margin in 80 minutes on
the famed red clay at Stade Roland Garros.
The Swiss superstar fired 10 aces past Carreno-Busta, who was making his Grand
Slam debut after winning seven consecutive Futures events.
Federer, who has yet to win a title of any kind in 2013, captured the 2009
French Open crown -- the only one Rafael Nadal hasn't won in the last eight
years -- to complete a career Grand Slam.
The 31-year-old Federer, who owns 17 Grand Slam titles, will take on either
Somdev Devvarman or Daniel Munoz-De La Nava in the second round.
Canadian Milos Raonic, the No. 14 seed, fired 16 aces past Belgian Xavier
Malisse en route to a 6-2, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 victory.
Other wins from seeded players came from Frenchman Gilles Simon and South
African Kevin Anderson. The No. 15 seed Simon rallied past former world No. 1
Lleyton Hewitt by a 3-6, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, 7-5 margin and the 23rd-seeded
Anderson handled Illya Marchenko 6-3, 7-5, 6-4.
Meanwhile, Joao Sousa defeated Go Soeda 6-1, 6-3, 6-2, Roberto Bautista Agut
took down Gilles Muller 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 and Blaz Kavcic beat James Duckworth
6-2, 6-2, 6-2.
Nadal beat Novak Djokovic in last year's final to claim a third straight and
Open Era-record seventh overall men's French Open title.
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