Federer canters through first round in Paris

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Roger Federer's quest for a second French Open title started with a 6-3 6-3 6-4 first-round win against Colombian lucky loser Alejandro Falla on May 24. 

The second-seeded Swiss, who has a record 17 grand slam titles to his name, barely broke sweat in his flashy pink shorts and lilac shirt as he booked a second-round meeting with either Spain's Marcel Granollers or German qualifier Matthias Bachinger. 

After misfiring a few backhands, Federer, who has not won a  grand slam since Wimbledon in 2012, pocketed the opening set when Falla buried a backhand into the net. 

Federer, who held serve throughout, broke twice in the second, and rounded it off on Falla's serve when the Colombian failed to return a booming crosscourt forehand.   

Halep says she's stronger now despite tough opener

Last year's runner-up Simona Halep huffed and puffed past Russian Evgeniya Rodina to reach the second round with a 7-5 6-4 win as the French Open, but the Romanian was not concerned by a patchy display. 

The third seed was never really threatened but let her guard down too many times for comfort against a willing opponent on a sun-drenched court Philippe Chatrier.

Halep, the top name in action in the women's draw on day one, broke twice to open a 4-1 lead, only for Rodina to hit back and level at 5-5. 

The Russian let another service game slip from her hands with a double fault and Halep clinched the set with a drop shot. 

She broke decisively in the ninth game of the second set and wrapped it up with an ace. 

"It was a tough match, because it was first round and it is always difficult to start the tournament," Halep, who lost to Russian Maria Sharapova in last year's final, told a news conference. 

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