Roger Federer Defeats Pablo Carreno-Busta to Advance at 2013 French Open

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 26, 2013

May 19, 2013; Rome, ITALY; Roger Federer (SUI) during his match against Rafael Nadal (ESP) in the men's final of the Rome Open at Foro Italico.  Mandatory Credit: Nicolas Luttiau/Presse Sports via USA TODAY Sports
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Roger Federer had little trouble getting things started at the French Open and easily defeated Pablo Carreno-Busta by a score of 6-2, 6-2, 6-3. 

The Swiss player came out strong and showed that his serve was as strong as ever in the first round. He finished with 10 aces and got 68 percent of his serves in play.

Even the second serve was working, as he won 74 percent of points after missing originally. Carreno-Busta had little chance to defend his perfectly placed shots.

Meanwhile, he was just as strong in returns and was able to convert all seven of his break points in the match.

Even the Twitter account of Roland Garros was aware that he was playing extremely well early in the match:

Carreno-Busta has shown promise in his young career and reached this point by winning three qualifying matches. However, it was clear that the 21-year-old player was overmatched in this one and stood little chance against the veteran.

Federer came out and showed the domination that fans want to see from one of the best of all time and it is a great sign for the remainder of the tournament.

He is one of the favorites at Roland Garros after entering as the No. 2 seed. He reached the finals of his most recent tournament in Rome before falling to Rafael Nadal. Still, the veteran has won this event before and has the experience necessary to beat almost everyone in the field.

On the other hand, Nadal is clearly the competitor expected to win it all despite being the No. 3 seed. He has won the French Open in seven of the last eight years and is incredibly tough to beat on clay.

Fortunately, Federer would not have to face the Spanish star or top-seeded Novak Djokovic until the finals. There are some talented competitors on the bottom half of the draw like David Ferrer and Tomas Berdych, but these are more manageable victories for the legendary player.

Still, it is important for the top contender to take one match at a time. He did what was necessary to beat his first opponent, and now will face the winner of Somdev Devvarman and Daniel Munoz-De La Nava in the second round.

If Federer continues to play like he did on Sunday, he should have little trouble advancing.