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Federer in record-breaking form

sportsrogerfederersandsomdevdevvarmanRoger Federer equalled the record for the number of singles victories at the French Open by beating Indian qualifier Somdev Devvarman in the second round today.

The 31-year-old swept Devvarman aside 6-2 6-1 6-1 to seal his 56th win at Roland Garros – matching the Open Era mark set by Argentine Guillermo Vilas.

Unseeded Gael Monfils followed Monday’s upset of Tomas Berdych by battling past Ernests Gulbis in four sets while Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, and David Ferrer also progressed.

Victoria Azarenka [3] beat Elena Vesnina 6-1 6-4. Azarenka was in first-round action after Tuesday’s rain delays and now faces the prospect of seven matches in 11 days if she is to win the title. France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga [6] beat Jarkko Nieminen 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 6-3 and his compatriot Monfils beat Ernests Gulbis 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 6-2.Monfils missed much of 2012 with a knee injury that saw him slip out of the top 100, but he is the story of Roland Garros 2013 so far.

Following an epic five-set win against Berdych, this three-hour-and-15-minute victory also thrilled the packed house on Philippe Chatrier.

“I had lots of luck. That’s part of sports,” said Monfils, 26. “I’m just trying to be tough mentally ,and tougher and tougher in my mind when things get down.

“The number 1 Williams beat Caroline Garcia 6-1 6-2The favourite extended her winning run to 26 matches and has now won 68 of 72 matches since her first-round exit at Roland Garros last year.

“It’s important for me to win easily,” said Williams. “It’s also important for me to play well. If I play well, it will bode well for me at Roland Garros.” (BBC)

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