I think it's safe to say that despite his struggles since winning in Australia, Roger Federer is a heavy, heavy favorite to win in Estoril, and anything less than a triumph in Portugal will have the Swiss' loyal and dedicated fans (me included!) pushing the panic button.
So, having played poorly in his last few outings, Roger began his campaign in Estoril with a solid win over Bjorn Phau, 6-3, 6-4. The victory put the world number 1 in the quarters, where he will take on Arnaud Clement. In that same top section of the draw lies Albert Montanes and Pablo Cuevas, both straight set winner. The remaining 4 quarterfinal spots will be decided tomorrow.