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Tennis: Federer cruises as Serena, Venus eye Paris showdown

Published on May 26, 2014 6:19 AM
Switzerland's Roger Federer waves at the crowd after winning his French tennis Open first round match at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris on May 25, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP 

PARIS (AFP) - Roger Federer racked up a record-equalling 59th career win at the French Open on Sunday while Serena and Venus Williams edged closer to a third-round sister showdown.

Federer kicked off his 16th consecutive Roland Garros with a 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 win over Slovakia’s Lukas Lacko, his first victory since becoming a father of twins for the second time.

The 32-year-old Swiss, who won his only Paris title in 2009, was watched by wife Mirka and older twins Myla and Charlene but not three-week old Lenny and Leo.

Sunday’s triumph was also his 59th at Roland Garros, tying eight-time champion Rafael Nadal as the tournament’s all-time win specialist.

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