Roger Federer got his 2012 French Open campaign underway this afternoon with a 6-2 7-5 6-3 victory over Tobias Kamke.
Federer is looking for only his second French Open crown but should be lift the trophy in under a fortnight's time he will complete the career Grand Slam for the second time.
The Swiss maestro was the heavy favourite going into his opening match and he was in complete control in the opening set as he dropped just two games.
Despite dropping the opening set Kamke made a real fight of the second set and there were some exciting rallies between the pair that showed the German was not going to just roll over.
And it was Kamke who made the first move in the second set as he broke through the Federer defences for the first time as the third seed's concentration seemed to slip.
But Federer hit back immediately to get the set back on level terms before breaking for a second time as he closed it out 7-5.
He regained control in the third set and wrapped it up to set up a second round clash with either David Nalbandian or Adrian Ungur.
With the 6-2 7-5 6-3 win Federer equalled Jimmy Connors' record of 233 grand slam match victories.
He is looking for his seventeenth Grand Slam title and his first major win since his Australian Open triumph in 2010.
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