Federer: My knee felt really good


Roger Federer said he was able to move freely after making a triumphant return from a knee injury at the Monte Carlo Masters.

Federer had not played since losing to Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals of the Australian Open in January following arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, but the 17-time grand-slam champion was too good for Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in his first match back on the ATP Tour on Tuesday.

The 34-year-old Federer - a four-time losing finalist in Monte Carlo - posted a 6-3 6-4 second-round victory.

And Federer, who had also been thwarted by illness which forced him to withdraw from the Miami Open, was relieved to make it through.

"The knee felt really good, like in practice. Felt like I didn't have to worry about it. I could just go freely," he said.

"I think in a way it was a perfect match. It was close in the beginning, then I was able to go on a roll. Points were cut short by virtue of me serving better and returning better, getting second serves, taking advantage of that fact. 

"At the end, again, I had to fight for it. I went through different phases in the match. Also emotionally, I was excited and tense in the beginning, just because it's a first round. It's my first match back. So it was nice to go through all these emotions."