SHOWS: PARIS, FRANCE (MAY 26, 2019) (FFT - NO RESALES) 1.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) ROGER FEDERER, SPEAKING ABOUT RETURNING TO THE FRENCH OPEN AFTER A THREE YEAR ABSENCE, SAYING: "Now I'm very happy I took that decision because I enjoyed Madrid, I enjoyed Rome, and I'm happy to be here.
The reception I got today was crazy, it was really nice to see a full stadium for a first round like this it was a beauty so I'm very happy." 2.
WHITE FLASH 3.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) ROGER FEDERER SAYING: "I really don't know how far I can go in this event and I'm very happy with my first round, it was a really good performance I thought from my side for not having played here for as long as I did." STORY: Roger Federer returned to the French Open and breezed into the second round with a 6-2 6-4 6-4 win against Italian Lorenzo Sonego on Sunday, four years after hitting his last ball on the Parisian clay.
The third-seeded Swiss, who won his only title at Roland Garros 10 years ago, treated the crowd at the renovated court Philippe Chatrier to some exquisite shot-making, thwarting his opponent's attempted comeback in the second set.
The former world number one, who has been as been absent from the tournament since 2015, played some exquisite tennis as Sonego struggled to cope with the early pressure.
Federer contained the world number 73 and claimed the decisive break for 5-4 in the third set with a delicate backhand passing shot.
He then served it out to set up a second-round meeting with Germany's Oscar Otte.
Federer opted to skip the French Open for the past three years -- a decision based on prolonging his career Federer showed no ill effects of a right-leg injury that caused him to pull out of the Italian Open before his quarter-final clash against Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, his possible last-eight opponent in Paris.