Roger Federer
Roger Federer has lifted the French Open title only once in 2009 throughout his glittering career.Reuters

Roger Federer embarks on a quest to win the 18th Grand Slam title of his career with a first round fixture against Lukas Lacko in 2014 Roland Garros championship at the Court Philippe Chatrier in Paris on Sunday.

Click here to find out which other stars are in action on the opening day.

Where to Watch Live

The match is scheduled to begin at 12pm BST. Live coverage will be on ITV 4 and British Eurosport. Radio commentary, regular updates and live scores are available on Roland Garros' official website.


Federer has reasons for joy outside the court coming into this Grand Slam event due to the birth of his second set of twins earlier this month. However, his first match after that ended in disappointment, as the Swiss maestro suffered elimination in the second round of the 2014 Internazionali BNL d'Italia against Jeremy Chardy.

However, participating in an ATP Masters Tour is different when compared to one of Tennis' biggest event. The 17-time Grand Slam winner has been drawn against Lacko in a pool that could see him face Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinal after which a potential tie against Novak Djokovic awaits the 32-year-old.

Meanwhile, Lacko has been participating mainly on ATP Challenger Tours ahead of the major event in Paris. The 26-year-old Slovakian has never made it beyond the first round in the last two years of the Roland Garros losing to David Ferrer and Sam Querry in 2012 and 2013 respectively.

In the 2014 Australian Open, the 87th ranked right-handed player lost to second seed Djokovic. But that experience might not be of great help as he puts his skills to test against Federer.

Unless there is a massive upset, Federer is likely to take on the winner between the qualifying pair of Diego Sebastian Schwartzman and Gastao Elias in the second round.


Federer holds a 1-0 lead over Lacko in overall meetings. The duo's only meeting came in the first round of the 2011 Australian Open where the Swiss No 2 registered a comfortable win in straight sets.

Roland Garros History

Federer and Lacko are facing each other for the first time in Roland Garros.