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French Open: Roger Federer into second round with straight-set win

French Open: Roger Federer into second round with straight-set win
Source: BBC
Date: 26-05-2019 Time: 08:05:23:pm
Roger Federer, appearing at Roland Garros for the first time in four years, won his only French Open title in 2009

Roger Federer made a winning return to the French Open with a dominant first-round victory over Lorenzo Sonego.

The Swiss 20-time Grand Slam winner, playing at Roland Garros for the first time in four years, beat the Italian 6-2 6-4 6-4.

He arrived to a standing ovation on Philippe Chatrier court and left with the crowd on their feet in delight.

The 37-year-old will play German lucky loser Oscar Otte, ranked 145th in the world, in the second round.

"I knew I can play very well on clay and I am very happy I did it in straight sets today," Federer said.

"I missed the French crowd so thanks for the warm welcome today."