Falla no match for Federer

Roger Federer won in straight sets.

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Roger Federer cruised into the second round of the French Open with a 6-3 6-3 6-4 victory over Colombian Alejandro Falla.

Federer is hoping to add a second Roland Garros title to his glittering record and he never had to leave first gear on Philippe Chatrier, wrapping up a comfortable win in less than two hours.

Halep eases into second round

Simona Halep is through.

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Third seed Simona Halep came through the first round of the French Open unscathed as she beat Russia's Evgeniya Rodina 7-5 6-4.

Halep, who is yet to win a grand slam, lost in the deciding set of last year's final to Maria Sharapova and is considered a serious contender again for the title in Roland Garros.

She was never at her fluent best against Rodina, in what was the opening match of the tournament on Philippe Chatrier, but her potent ground strokes proved too much for her opponent, who is ranked 91st in the world.

Petchey backs Murray to win French Open

Andy Murray has the best chance he has ever had of winning the French Open this year, says the Scot's former coach Mark Petchey.

Murray begins his pursuit of a first title in Roland Garros against Argentine qualifier Facundo Arguello on Monday and the British number one arrives on the crest of a wave following his most successful build-up to the tournament.

Andy Murray is in great form.

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Courier backs Nadal turnaround

Rafael Nadal's performance at the French Open could dictate the direction of the rest of the Spaniard's career, according to two-time champion at Roland Garros Jim Courier.

Nadal has only lost once in 10 years in Paris but a string of disappointing results in the clay warm-up tournaments has created an air of vulnerability around the nine-time champion.

Rafa Nadal is comfortable on clay.

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Murray pleased with clay form

Andy Murray believes he is in the best clay-court form of his career as the British number one pursues a first French Open title in Paris.

Murray won his maiden clay-court title in Munich earlier this month and followed that up by beating Rafael Nadal in Madrid, his first ever win on the surface against the nine-time French Open champion.

Andy Murray has had a good spring.

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