Federer plays in 30 degree temps

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The tennis star says he doesn’t mind his pregnant wife escaping the heat during his games.

PARIS - Roger Federer said on Monday he had no problem with his pregnant wife Mirka taking shelter from the Paris heat even if she missed his French Open progress.

The world number two reached the second round at Roland Garros with a win over Spanish player Alberto Martin.

As usual, wife Mirka, who is expecting the couple's first child this summer, was there watching despite a second day of 30-degree temperatures and intense humidity.

"She likes watching me when I play. She wants to be here at each and every single match, but if it's too warm, maybe if she needs a bit of fresh air, no problem," said Federer, who was on court for under two hours.

"If Mirka or my coach or my physical trainer or if anybody else can be here in my corner, I can play tennis correctly. I don't really watch them very often. Five times per match only, so it's quite simple.

"I prefer it if she's here. If I see she's OK, like today, she was feeling good, so it's simpler for me."

Federer will next face Argentina's Jose Acasuso as he continues his campaign to win a first French Open title to add to his 13-trophy Grand Slam collection.

He said he had no problem playing in the heat.

"Here, in America and Australia we play at 40, 45 degrees. So it's still pretty mild for my liking, but the ball flies more, bounces more, so it's more like Madrid a little bit.

"Obviously I played a guy today who played really far behind the baseline, so the court felt really big. I just have to get used to that. There were nice conditions, not too much wind. It was a little warm, so it was good."

Defending champion Rafael Nadal, who beat Federer in the last three finals, is also enjoying the heat of Paris.

"I prefer to play in these conditions rather than rain or cold," said the man from Mallorca. "So it's much better for us."

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