Federer faces familiar foe Falla, Venus eyes progress
Roger Federer will have seen it all before when he takes on Alejandro Falla in his second round match at the French Open on Wednesday.
Paris: Roger Federer will have seen it all before when he takes on Alejandro Falla in his second round match at the French Open on Wednesday.
The Swiss maestro faced the Colombian at the same stage four years ago and it would be a brave call to suggest anything other than a repeat of the straight-sets win he enjoyed then.
Falla, who flips between the main and challenger tours, has had a mixed season although he enjoyed a solid victory over dangerous Serb Janko Tipsarevic in the first round.
Venus Williams, eager to enter the French Open winner`s club which Federer joined last year, takes on Spain`s Arantxa Parra Santonja in the first match on the main Philippe Chatrier court.
Robin Soderling, who has a unique CV that boasts a Roland Garros victory over Rafa Nadal in last year`s fourth round, opens the action on Suzanne Lenglen court against big-serving American Taylor Dent, who has reached the Roland Garros second round for the first time.
British fourth seed Andy Murray, exhausted after a five-set epic against Richard Gasquet, is third on Court One and should still have enough in the tank to get past Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela.
Denmark`s third seed Caroline Wozniacki closes the action on Lenglen against Italy`s Tathiana Garbin, after home favourites Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Aravane Rezai have made their bids to reach the third round.