May 26, 2015 6:48 AM
The Latest: Ferrer records 300th match-win on clay
The Associated Press
PARIS (AP) The Latest from the French Open:
A final cross-court forehand winner at the net and David Ferrer is through to the second round at the French Open.
Runner-up at Roland Garros two years ago, the Spaniard recorded his 300th career match-win on his favorite surface with a 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 win over 94th-ranked Lukas Lacko on Court Suzanne Lenglen.
In 13 straight appearances at the clay-court major, the seventh-seeded Ferrer has always won his opening match.
Along with Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, there is a third Grand Slam champion in action in the men's draw at Roland Garros on Tuesday.
Marin Cilic, who won the U.S. Open last year, is up against 80th-ranked Robin Haase on Court 2. Things are going well so far for the ninth-seeded Croat, who has converted both break points and served out the opening set 6-2.
Cilic is playing in his first major of the year after missing the Australian Open because of a shoulder injury.
There is no Royal Box at Roland Garros, but the "King of Clay" will be on center court on Day 3 with nine-time champion Rafael Nadal in action.
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams will also be starting their campaigns in Paris.
Although he won't play before mid-afternoon, The Associated Press spotted Djokovic in an official car on his way to the stadium, shades on, at about 9:30 a.m. Up against Jarkko Nieminen, the Serb is carrying a 22-match winning streak into the tournament where he chases the only Grand Slam title missing from his collection.
Nadal takes on teenager Quentin Halys, who has never played a match at a major tournament, while Serena will try to do better than her older sister Venus, who lost in the first round on Monday.
Bidding for a third title at the French Open, Serena faces qualifier Andrea Hlavackova.
And what about the weather? It should be cloudy but dry most of the day, with a high of 68 degrees F (20 degrees C).