• French Open, Day one

What They Said: Williams and Federer reflect on wins

ESPN staff
May 26, 2013
Roger Federer does not care about not being the favourite to win © AP

After her 6-0 6-1 demolition of Anna Tatishvili in the first round of the French Open, Serena Williams gave Philippe Chatrier Court a surprise in her post-match interview.

"En Francais, en Francais," Williams said after the game to a reporter, insisting her post-match interview be done in French, which did not last for too long.

"I actually decided last year that I would speak French in the post-match interview on court - but it didn't work out for me. I have been speaking French for years and years, but I don't have a lot of confidence. I just had to jump in. Once I get warmed up, I know how to say things. But it's way, way more nerve-wracking than playing tennis," Williams added.

Roger Federer made light work of Pablo Carreno-Busta to progress, and the record 17-time grand slam champion "felt good" in his victory.

"I knew it could be tricky if I didn't sustain a certain aggressiveness, get caught up in long rallies, maybe what he's looking for. I did well on the serve, on the return, on movement. Clearly I'm very pleased. Am I a favourite to win here? I don't care, because it doesn't give me any more opportunities to win the tournament. I just want to remain calm and let the storm go by," Federer said.

Lleyton Hewitt blew his opportunity to reach the second round after Gilles Simon came from two sets down to stun the Australian, and the 2002 Wimbledon champion hinted at a possible retirement after his loss.

"If I could have kept in front in the third set and put more pressure on him, I might have had a chance. I didn't come here with expectations, and he's a quality player. You fight for five sets. Would have been nice to get a win. Frustrating. Will I be back here? Don't know. Haven't even thought about it," Hewitt said.

Milos Raonic came through in four sets against Xavier Malisse, and the big Canadian insists he can cause a few stirs at the French Open.

"I can play well on clay. It needs work, but I think it's on the right track. The first two sets I was doing things I wanted to do and dictating pretty much the whole time. I let that slip a little in the third. My clay court season has been okay. I'm trying to improve that by really pushing myself to make a difference with this event," he said.

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