Federer dominates on return to action


Roger Federer enjoyed a satisfying return to ATP World Tour action on Tuesday, beating Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3 6-4 in round two of the Monte Carlo Masters.

Federer had been due to make his comeback from knee surgery at the Miami Open, but was forced to withdraw from the event at short notice due to a stomach virus.

In his first competitive outing since January's Australian Open, the 17-time grand slam champion looked as though he had never been away as he eased past an opponent ranked 38th in the world.

Federer - a runner-up in Monte Carlo on four occasions - was gifted the first break of the match in game six when Garcia-Lopez followed up two double faults with a loose backhand that floated long.

The third seed threatened to give up the initiative when falling 15-40 down in the next game, but saved both break points - the second with a sweetly struck backhand winner - before holding with an ace.

An increasingly attacking Federer served out the opening set with the minimum of fuss and there was to be no way back for Garcia-Lopez, who cut a frustrated figure as his hopes of victory rapidly disappeared.

Having been dominated throughout set two, the Spaniard surprisingly broke to love when his rival first attempted to serve out the match.

However, Federer got the job done in his next service game to set up a third-round tie with either Jeremy Chardy or Roberto Bautista Agut.