The second-seeded has needed just 17 minutes to win the first game, dictating the play in the service and controlling the net to break the opponent’s service on three occasions.
The second race was much closer, both players refusing to give in to the service. Llodra, who comes to bow to Juan Martin del Potro in the final in Marseille took the lead 6-5 in the tiebreaker after a long return of Federer. But Federer saved a ball round before winning the two following games, signing a relatively easy victory in just over an hour.
The Swiss, who tries to win a fifth title in Dubai, will face Feliciano Lopez, winner Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 6-4.
Andy Murray, seeded third, had to toil harder than Federer to advance to second round. The British had needed three sets to dispose of the German Michael Berrer 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.
The Briton will now face Switzerland’s Marco Chiudinelli. The qualified surprised Nikolay Davydenko 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 to reach the second round. This is the first time the two men will compete.
In other matches, the fourth seed, the French Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, also survived a tight match against the Marcos Baghdatis, he finally defeated 7-6 (2), 6-4. He will face the Czech Lukas Rosol next round.
After losing the first set 6-3 to Mikhail Youzhny, the French Richard Gasquet was forced to withdraw due to viruses. Finally, Tomas Berdych, ranked fifth, was quickly disposed of Benjamin Becker, winning 6-2, 6-2.