Roger Federer faced no surprises Sunday afternoon in Paris, as he defeated Alejandra Falla of Colombia in straight sets to advance to the second round at Roland Garros. Check that, no surprises during the match, but an unscheduled surprise afterward as a fan ran on court and up to the Swiss maestro for a selfie. French Open security was slow but finally rushed over at the confused, side-gesture by the 2009 Roland Garros champion.
For all of the 1 hour 49 minute match however, Federer looked comfortable, breaking Falla once in each set for a 6-3 6-3 6-4 victory. The 33-year-old Swiss hit 43 winners, serving at 72%, and won 14 of 21 points at net.
Afterward, the 17-time grand slam champion reflected on the match. “I’m not sure that the first round is any different,” Federer said. “I think that as we go through the tournament, then we probably feel that we are more and more satisfied. But the first round is a bit like I want to win the first round, to be in the tournament and not to go back home immediately, to be one of the first ten players to go back home. So that’s the whole idea about it. That is, you want to play a good match and then focus on the future. That’s when I will start enjoying this moment.”