Federer through…but unhappy
Although the number two seed started somewhat shakily, he ended convincingly with some spectacular winners in an entertaining 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Colombia’s Alejandro Falla.
Then a young fan breached security on the Court Philippe Chatrier and was left unchallenged for long enough to ask Federer to pose for a selfie.
‘I’m not happy about it,’ said Federer later. ‘It happened in the practice too. It was just a kid, but then three more kids came. And on centre court, where you think this could be a place where nobody can come on, he just wanders on and nothing happens.
‘It happened in the finals in 2009 as well for me, so I definitely think something needs to happen quickly. Basically yesterday already.’
Some might wonder what all the fuss is about. But memories of top player Monica Seles being stabbed court-side in Hamburg back in 1993 will never be erased, especially for stars of a certain age. So players have the right to expect to be able to feel relaxed and secure as they ply their trade.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga certainly looked relaxed against Swedish qualifier Christian Lindell, the popular Frenchman brushing the underdog aside 6-1, 6-2, 6-2. An American called Steve Johnson won the match of the day, a five-setter against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (1), 3-6, 6-3.
There were no huge shocks on the first day, though Ana Ivanovic, a former Roland Garros champion and seventh seed this year, dropped the first set of her opener against Yaroslava Shvedova. She hit back emphatically to win 4-6, 6-2, 6-0.
Ivo Karlovic, the giant Croat, was the first seed (25) to fall, as Marco Baghdatis weathered a storm of some 21 aces before winning 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, 6-4.
Meanwhile Japanese hero Kei Nishikori negotiated tough mid-match resistance from Paul-Henri Mathieu to triumph 6-3, 7-5, 6-1.