2006 PACIFIC LIFE OPEN
ROGER FEDERER v NICOLAS MASSU
Federer, No. 1 in the world and a two-time defending champion in this event, overcame the challenge of Nicolas Massu of Chile in a second-set tiebreaker.
"I knew beforehand it was going to be a tough match because he's been playing well," said Federer,
who is 17-1 this season and started his 111th consecutive week at No. 1 on Monday.
"He won the Olympics in Greece on a surface like this. I wasn't too pleased when I saw the draw because he beat me one time before (in 2002).
I know he's a tough competitor and I'm happy to be through. "I'm always worried about crashing out in the early rounds and (having) to sit here and explain why."
Massu stayed in the match by hitting big serves on crucial points, but Federer used a variety of tactics to grasp the victory. Both players have excellent inside-out forehands and displayed their favorite shot often during the match.