The only man not named Nadal to have won the French Open in the last ten years dispatched Colombian Alejandro Falla in the first round at Roland Garros. Roger Federer, hoping for a second French Open title, beat Falla 6-3, 6-3, 6-4. Federer enters the French Open seeded No. 2.
Federer holds a record 17 Grand Slam titles, but just one French thanks to Rafa Nadal’s extraordinary dominance on the clay at Roland Garros. Federer last won a Grand Slam in 2012. But he enters the French in strong form. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is the favorite and Nadal, still battling injuries, lurks like a shark in a swimming pool as the sixth seed.