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Last Updated: Monday, 23 May, 2005, 13:35 GMT 14:35 UK
Nadal & Federer impress in Paris
Rafael Nadal
Tournament favourites Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal opened their French Open campaigns with comfortable victories at Roland Garros on Monday.

Spanish teenager Nadal beat Germany's Lars Burgsmuller 6-1 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 in his first ever match at Roland Garros.

And Federer, who is seeded to meet Nadal in the semis, had a 6-1 6-4 6-0 win over Israel's Dudi Sela.

Elsewhere, Carlos Moya had an early fright before beating fellow Spaniard Alberto Martin 5-7 6-1 6-4 6-2.

The 16th seed Radek Stepanek beat Paradorn Srichaphan 3-6 6-3 6-1 6-1, while 23rd seed Sebastien Grosjean beat Juan Monaco of Argentina 7-5 6-3 6-1.

And 18-year-old French star Richard Gasquet delighted the home crowd with some typical flair on his way to a 3-6 6-3 6-2 6-4 win over Daniele Bracciali of Italy.

Federer was not at his fluent best in the early stages against Sela and lost serve several times, but was never in any real danger.

I was a little more nervous than usual
Rafael Nadal

"I had been waiting impatiently for this match," said the Swiss. "I had a lot of problems in the beginning but then I got into my stride."

Federer takes on talented Spaniard Nicolas Almagro next after the 19-year-old beat Phillip Kohlschreiber of Germany 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 6-3.

Nadal meets former Wimbledon semi-finalist Xavier Malisse, who beat Mardy Fish 6-2 6-1 6-1, after making his French Open debut.

"I was a little more nervous than usual," said Nadal.

"My idea was to look at this as one more match, with nothing really special about it."


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