Renowned tennis star Roger Federer, made a victorious return to Roland Garros as he won his first match in four years at the French Open.
The 20-time major winner swept past Italian Lorenze Sonego in their first-round clash in Paris. Federer, the 2009 champion, won 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 on Court Philippe-Chatrier.
The 37 year old had missed the 2016 tournament through injury and then sat out 2017 and 2018, as well as the entire clay season, as he chose to focus on being competitive at Wimbledon.
Federer showed no signs of rust as he won the first four games of the match as he charged through the first set in 25 minutes. The second set had looked as if it would be the same story as Federer again broke his opponent twice in a row to go 4-0 up.
But Sonego, the world No 73, got a break back in the sixth game and forced Federer to serve it out 6-4.
The third set proved to be a closer encounter as Sonego began to grow in confidence. He saved a break point in the fifth game as he looked to find an unlikely way back into proceedings.
But Federer was not to be denied and he finally got the break in the ninth game and he served it out in the next game to clinch his first win at Roland Garros since he beat Gael Monfils in the fourth round in 2015.
Federer will now play world No 145 Oscar Otte in the second round in midweek.
The German defeated Tunisian Malek Jaziri 6-3, 6-1, 4-6, 6-0.
Source: The National