Photo: Paul ZimmerRoger Federer (SUI)
PARIS, FRANCE: On paper Roger Federer was handed a very kind draw at Roland Garros when he was given a qualifier in the first two rounds of the 2013 event, but the Swiss maestro's 1st round foe was no stranger to causing upsets on clay.
21-year-old Spaniard Pablo Carreno-Busta had won seven Futures titles this year and had defeated the likes of Robin Haase and Fabio Fognini at tour-level prior to qualifying for his first Grand Slam.
But he came up against too stern a test when faced with a player of Federer's calibre and fell 62 62 63 to the world No. 3 on the opening day of this year's clay court major.
There were few surprises on the men's side on the first day, but two seeds came through tough battles to progress to the 2nd round. Gilles Simon came back from 0-2 down for the first time in his career to defeat Lleyton Hewitt 36 16 64 61 75.
Andreas Seppi, who pushed Novak Djokovic in Paris last year, triumphed 67(4) 64 63 67(2) 64 in a close encounter against Argentina's against Leonardo Mayer.
The women's matches on the first day proved more eventful than their male counterparts, with two seeds falling early, including an epic encounter between Venus Williams and Urszula Radwanska.
No. 30 seed Williams, who has been struggling with back problems, came undone against Radwanska in three hours 11 minutes, falling 76(5) 67(4) 64 in a thrilling match.
Nadia Petrova, seeded 11, was defeated by Monica Puig 36 75 64 in what was a first Grand Slam main draw appearance for the Puerto Rican.
Elsewhere there was an easy win for Serena Williams over Anna Tatishvili and Ana Ivanovic prevailed against Croatia's Petra Martic.
The International Tennis Federation provides men’s information to the media at Grand Slams. For a full list of this year’s notes click here.