Federer celebrates Mother's Day with victory in Paris

Sun May 25, 2014 12:54pm EDT
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By Robert Woodward

PARIS (Reuters) - Roger Federer spent as little time as possible on court on the opening day of the French Open on Sunday, beating Lukas Lacko 6-2 6-4 6-2 before returning to his parental duties on Mother's Day in Paris.

Serena Williams, the No.1 seed and overwhelming favorite to retain the women's title, needed time to find her rhythm against France's Alize Lim before winning 6-2 6-1. The American's older sister, Venus, also reached the second round in straight sets.

Watched by his wife Mirka and his twin girls, Federer moved gently through the gears against the shaggy-haired Slovakian under gray skies on the Philippe Chatrier show court.

The former champion, who has returned to something close to his best form after a disappointing 2013, admitted a trace of fear before the year's second grand slam.

"I wasn't nervous going into the match," said Federer, 32.

"It's more just like those hints of fear, maybe yesterday, maybe this morning at one point, just for like five seconds 'Oh, I really hope I don't have to pack my bags today', that kind of feeling."

But he had little to fear from Lacko and by mid-afternoon he was once again in a position to help Mirka look after their newly-born twin boys.

"Everything is great," Federer said.   Continued...

Roger Federer of Switzerland waits for a serve from Lukas Lacko of Slovakia, during their men's singles match at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris May 25, 2014.    REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier