PARIS – With his twin daughters watching from the stands, Roger Federer moved into the second round of the French Open after a 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 win over Lukas Lacko on Sunday.
Federer has played in only two clay-court tournaments this season. He reached the final in Monte Carlo but missed the Madrid tournament when his second set of twins, boys Leo and Lenny, was born.
His first match after their birth was a loss in Rome.
On Sunday, with the clay court hard and damp due to days of rain and overcast skies, the fourth-seeded Federer was back to himself, winning five of his 11 break points.
“I was happy seeing, getting early signs out of the match that I was actually playing well and I was going to get my chances I was looking for,” Federer said. “My personal life, as we know, it’s all great, so I’m happy the family is here.”
Federer’s twin girls, Myla Rose and Charlene Riva, will turn 5 in July. They were sitting in Federer’s box along with his wife Mirka at the start.
The French Open is the only Grand Slam tournament to start on Sunday, and Federer played the second match on Court Philippe Chatrier, the main stadium at Roland Garros.
“I wasn’t nervous actually going into the match. 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,” Federer said.
Eighth-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada also advanced, beating Nick Kyrgios of Australia 6-3, 7-6 (7-1), 6-3.
Raonic is the youngest man in the top 10 of the tennis rankings, and Kyrgios was the youngest man in this year’s French Open draw at 19.
“I was a bit nervous going out in the first set. That’s normal, I think,” said Kyrgios, a former top-ranked junior player who won the junior Australian Open in 2013.
Other men’s winners included No. 15 Mikhail Youzhny of Russia and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic.
In the women’s tournament, Agnieszka Radwanska was able to reach the second round — once she got a handle on her serve.
Radwanska and Zhang Shuai traded breaks in the opening seven games of their match, but the third-seeded Pole finally held and won the final nine games to become the first player to reach the second round, winning 6-3, 6-0.
“So many breaks in a row,” said Radwanska, who blamed her struggles on the wet court.
Radwanska reached the Wimbledon final in 2012, but her best result at Roland Garros was a spot in the quarterfinals last year.
“Clay is not really my favorite surface, but I’m trying,” Radwanska said. “Last year I did my first quarterfinal, so hopefully this year I can do even better.”
Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams and No. 31 Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia also advanced.