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Federer takes on upcoming player from Spain

  • In his first match of the French Open, which will also be his 54th straight grand slam tournament, Roger Federer will be going up against a player from Spain named Pablo Carreno-Busta who has been in sparkling form of late. Federer has been seeded second in the championship and also won in 2009 at the Roland Garros while Carreno-Busta is a qualifier who has entered the main draw of the tournament on the back of several wins.  

    At the start of the year Carreno-Busta was at the 654th spot in the global singles rankings for male players but presently occupies the 166th rank. This rather meteoric rise has been helped by the fact that in the interim he has been able to win 7 Futures tournaments that are regarded as the third highest level for international tennis. He has won 53 matches out of the 57 he has played which is quite an astonishing achievement in itself.

    In the women’s section Serena Williams is the top seed and also highly favored to win the tournament. In fact, she has landed the championship in 2002. She will be facing off against Anna Tatishvili from Georgia. Tatishvili is the world number 80 but her form this year, especially in the main tour, has been disappointing. She only won her first match of the top tier in Strasbourg the previous week.