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Roger Federer has reached the third round at Roland Garros, beating Alejandro Falla of Colombia in straight sets.

The 70th-ranked Falla served for the first set at 6-5 but failed to build on the momentum as Federer stepped up his game to take the tiebreaker.

Top-seeded Federer then moved up 2-1 before rain interrupted play for 15 minutes. Federer looked unfazed as he came back on court to win the second set despite struggling with his first serve.

Showers interrupted play a second time for about an hour after Falla won the first game of the third set. Federer broke with a winning forehand return in the third game and closed out the match at love on his serve.

He now faces Julian Reister from Germany, ranked 165 in the world.

Also on Wednesday, 20th-seed Stanislas Wawrinka beat Germany’s Andreas Beck, ranked 74, in straight sets to reach the third round.

Marco Chiudinelli, ranked 68, was up one set against 17th-seed John Isner from the United States when play was suspended shortly before 10pm because of nightfall.

The last-standing Swiss woman left the party on Wednesday. Timea Bacsinszky lost to 31st-seed Alexandra Dulgheru from Romania 6-4, 6-2. and agencies

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