Federer tops Benneteau in 3rd round of French Open

roger federer reached the fourth round of the french open by
beating julien benneteau of france ligue 1 predictions 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 friday.
the second-seeded federer dropped his serve in the first game of
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the match but broke the 30th-seeded benneteau four times.
the 17-time grand slam champion, who won his only title at
roland garros in 2009, next plays 15th-seeded gilles simon.
benneteau, who won the first two sets before losing to federer
in the third round at wimbledon last year, was hindered by a groin
problem and struggled to move freely.
”he had to totally change up his game because of his leg. that
was my feeling, anyway,” federer said. ”i could tell right away
after a game or two that it wasn’t the same benneteau across the
federer broke straight back to 2-2, when benneteau
double-faulted. in the eighth game, benneteau winced after reaching
for a forehand and squatted down, almost on one knee.
”he beat me at rotterdam this year and he was incredibly ready
at wimbledon,” said federer, who improved to 5-2 against
benneteau. ”but he wasn’t in the best of form today, and you could
see that he was a bit hindered by the leg problem he’s had for the
past couple of days.”
federer next plays another frenchman after simon beat sam
querrey of the united states 2-6, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (2), 6-2.
he leads simon 3-2, winning their only match on clay in the
third round of the rome masters in may.
”he defeated me twice. it was always difficult to play against
him,” said federer, who lost his first two career matches against
simon. ”so i suppose it’s going to be the same.”