World number three Roger Federer cruised into the second round of the French Open in a straight sets victory over German Tobias Kamke 6-2 7-5 6-3.
Federer was not at his sparkling best but he had no need to be as Kamke never posed too many problems for the Swiss ace.
The Swiss eased through the first set, winning 6-2. Kamke upped his game in the second set leaving Federer a break down but the thirty year old showed class to tie up the set and broke again to claim the set 7-5. The third and final set was a formality for Federer who won the set 6-3 and the match.
This is Federer’s 50th consecutive grand slam tournament, recorded a victory and his victory over Kamke took him level with the legendary Jimmy Connors’ record for most grand slam match wins of two hundred and thirty three.
“It’s a big record, because that was longevity. Jimmy [Connors] is obviously one of the greats of all time, and was around for 20 years, this is my 13th or 14th French Open. It all started back in ninety nine against [Patrick] Rafter, and I have hardly missed any Grand Slams” said the sixteen time grand slam winner.
“I love the big tournaments. I have been so successful for such a long time and to already tie that record which is 30 years old is pretty incredible, so I’m very happy” he added.
Federer who has not won a grand slam since the Australian Open in 2010 will face Romanian Adrian Ungur in the second round at Roland Garros.