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Federer through to second round of French Open

Federer booked his place in the second round of the Paris grand slam on Tuesday Keystone

Switzerland's Roger Federer is through to the second round of the French Open, after defeating Stefano Galvani of Italy. Patty Schnyder became the first Swiss woman to book her place in the second round, after she beat the American, Allison Bradshaw.

This content was published on May 29, 2001 - 16:26

Federer had to do some work for his victory at Roland Garros, but kept control of the match from the beginning, ending with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 scorecard.

Schnyder also comfortably won her first round match against Bradshaw in straight sets 6-0 6-3.

By contrast, compatriot Marc Rosset, failed to stay in the tournament, losing to Olivier Rochus of Belgium.

Rosset struggled through the first set of his match, losing 6-2, before levelling the scores by taking the second. He lost the third set 6-3, before the match was postponed on Monday because of fading light.

Rosset put up a good fight when the match resumed on Tuesday, but eventually lost the fourth set, 6-4.

The third Swiss men's player in the draw, Michael Kratochvil is out of contention. Kratochvil, suffering from a fever, ended his first round match against Brazil's Fernando Meligeni prematurely after losing the first set.

Emmanuelle Gagliardi has also crashed out of the tournament. Luxembourg's Anne Kremer beat her in straight sets 6-0, 6-4.

With 31 unforced errors and six double-faults, Gagliardi failed to repeat her strong performance of two weeks ago in Rome where she managed to reach the tournament's third round.

And there was more bad news for Swiss players, Miroslava Vavrinec was forced out on Tuesday by Francesca Schiavone of Italy. Schiavone won the match 6-4, 7-5.

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