Roger Federer ‘really happy to be back’ as he makes dominant start to French Open campaign

Roger Federer said he was ‘really happy to be back’ after making a strong return to Grand Slam tennis at the French Open.

Federer had not played a best-of-five match in more than 480-days as he took to the clay of Roland Garros on Monday to face Denis Istomin.

However, he dominated from the start before easing to an apparently effortless 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 win.

“I am really happy to be back on this new court Philippe Chatrier, and I am really happy to be in front of you today,” Federer told the crowd afterwards.

“Really happy about the match. It’s always easier to be in front of a player you know quite well. As you saw, he played every part of his game.

“He came to the net, especially in the second part of the match. And he served very well today.”

It was Federer’s first Grand Slam match since the 2020 Australian Open semi-final, in which he lost to Novak Djokovic, and he will now face either Marin Cilic or Arthur Rinderknech in round two.

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