Federer survives rain to reach third round

By Miles Evans

PARIS (Reuters) - Roger Federer kept his game together through several rain interruptions and a stirring first-set charge from Colombian Alejandro Falla before booking a comfortable third-round berth at the French Open on Wednesday.

Falla had lost just three points on his serve when a hold at 6-5 would have given him the first set, but Federer broke back and stormed through the tie-break on his way to a 7-6 6-2 6-4 victory on Court Philippe Chatrier.

After a frustrating hour or so when two rain breaks ruined the momentum of the match, Federer upped his game and treated a crowd dominated by the excitable cheers of local schoolchildren to a feast of stroke-making as he came through in two hours.

He will now play Belgium's Olivier Rochus or German qualifier Julian Reister for a place in the last 16.

(Editing by Martyn Herman)