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Roger Federer returns to action with win in Mercedes Cup

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Roger Federer of Switzerland. Photo by Ray Stubblebine/UPI
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Top-seeded Roger Federer played his first match in more than a month on Thursday and advanced to the Mercedes Cup quarterfinals with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 victory over American teenager Taylor Fritz in Stuttgart, Germany.

The 34-year-old Federer, who missed the French Open with a back injury, was able to fight past the 18-year-old Fritz in a grass-court match that started Wednesday and was delayed by rain.

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"It was very difficult, just as I knew before the match," Federer said. "I was more fortunate at the end.

"After such a long injury, you need to find your rhythm."

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Federer, ranked No. 3 in the world, tied Ivan Lendl with his 1,071st win on the ATP Tour.

Second-seeded Marin Cilic was ousted by qualifier Radek Stepanek 7-6 (4), 7-5. Third-seeded Dominic Thiem edged Sam Groth 7-6 (3), 7-6 (2) and No. 4 Gilles Simon beat Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.

In other matches, Mikhail Youzhny beat Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-3, 7-6 (1) and wild-card entrant Juan Martin del Porto downed John Millman 6-4, 6-4.

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Ricoh Open

Top-seeded David Ferrer breezed through the second round of the Ricoh Open in s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Dudi Sela 6-4, 6-4.

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Ferrer advanced to the quarterfinals to meet Gilles Muller, who defeated Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 7-5, 6-1.

Third-seeded Ivo Karlovic topped wild-card entrant Igor Sijsling 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5) and Adrian Mannarino beat qualifier Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-2.

In second-round women's singles action, two of the top four seeds were ousted.

Evgeniya Rodina defeated No. 2 Jelena Jankovic 6-7, 6-1, 6-4 and Kateryna Koziova beat No. 4 Jelena Ostapenko 7-5, 6-2.

Top-seeded Belinda Bencic rallied after dropping the first set to defeat Varvara Lepchenko 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Aegon Open

In second-round women's singles play at the Aegon Open in Nottingham, England, second-seeded Johanna Konta and eight-seeded Christina McHale were upset.

Saisai Zheng ousted Konta 6-4, 7-5 and Tara Moore eliminated McHale 6-2, 6-2.

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