Back in action for the first time since helping Switzerland get back in the Davis Cup World Group a few weeks ago, Roger Federer picked up his 62nd win of the 2012 season with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Yen-Tsun Lu of Chinese Taipei.
Federer and Lu had met once before, in the first round of Wimbledon in 2009. Roger won in straight sets that day, but it was a highly competitive match featuring great tennis. This match was no different, as Fed got the job done in one hour and twenty minutes.
Federer got the break in the sixth game and did not look back, wrapping up the first set without much difficulty. The second set was more competitive as Lu raised his level, but Roger got the decisive break at 5-5 and held at love to take the match.
For it being his first match back in a few weeks, Federer did very well against a tricky opponent. He hit 22 winners to 23 unforced errors, but was never caused too much trouble to really worry him. He only served at 54% but won 93% of his first serve points and 69% of his second serve points. Overall, it was about as much as you could expect from a return match.
Elsewhere in the draw, Novak Djokovic easily beat "Baby Fed" Grigor Dimitrov, and US Open champion Andy Murray didn't even have to play, getting through by way of a walkover. He would have taken on Florian Mayer.
The two Tokyo finalists from last week, Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori, were both eliminated by Marcos Baghdatis and Sam Querrey respectively. Richard Gasquet and Gilles Simon were also upset.
Federer takes on his friend and countryman Stan Wawrinka in the 3rd round. If he wins, he will guarantee holding the #1 ranking past this week, and thus, past the 300-week barrier, which is a huge accomplishment.
Novak Djokovic will take on the lefty Feliciano Lopez, whereas Murray takes on Alexandr Dolgopolov. Also watch for Querrey vs Berdych and Tipsarevic vs Haas - both should be quality matches.
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