Federer outclasses German qualifier Reister

Paris: Roger Federer took a while to find top gear on Friday before motoring to a comfortable 6-4, 6-0, 6-4 victory over German qualifier Julian Reister in the third round of the French Open.

Reister, who had only played three main tour matches before coming through qualifying here, traded blows in the early stages but once Federer broke for a 5-4 lead in the opener it was plain sailing for the reigning champion.

Federer rattled through the second set in just 18 minutes and despite some spirited defence from Reister in the third it was all over after an hour and 33 minutes when the Swiss maestro put away a regulation forehand.

He now plays the winner of the match between fellow Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka and Italian Fabio Fognini.

Bureau Report

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