Roger Federer feeling confident after Monte Carlo comeback

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 1:58 PM

The world No. three made a winning return from a knee injury at the Monte Carlo Masters Tuesday, dismissing Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3 6-4 in his first match since succumbing to Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open semifinals in January.

Roger Federer feeling confident after Monte Carlo comeback

Keyhole surgery, illness and two-and-a-half months on the sidelines might leave most tennis players a small rusty -- but not Roger Federer.

The world No. three made a winning return from a knee injury at the Monte Carlo Masters Tuesday, dismissing Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3 6-4 in his first match since succumbing to Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open semifinals in January.

After being forced to undergo surgery on his left knee, having suffered a torn meniscus the day after his beat to Djokovic, Federer'south scheduled comeback for latest month'south Miami Open was shelved due to a stomach bug.

But presently back on the tennis Ct once again, the 34-year-old is confident that his injury problems are behind him.

"The knee felt really good, love in practice. Felt love I didn't have to worry about it. I could just go freely," Federer told the ATPs official website.

Federer, a four-time finalist in Monte Carlo, is through to the third circular of the tournament following his beat of Garcia-Lopez, having been given a bye in the first round.

The Swiss impressed during his 75-minute clash and would've wrapped up proceedings a tiny earlier had Garcia-Lopez not fought back from 5-1 down in the second set.

"I think in a way it was a perfect match. It was near in the beginning, then I was able to go on a roll," Federer said.

"Points were slice brief by virtue of me serving better and returning better, getting second serves, taking advantage of that fact. At the end, again, I'd 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'south a first round. It'south my first match back. So it was kind to go through all these emotions.

"It was a grand win for me. I said beforehand, it was always going to be a winning result today, regardless of winning or losing essentially. I'm just very pleased I'm back on the tour again."

Federer, who's aiming for his maiden Monte Carlo Masters title, following faces Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain in the third round.

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