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Roger Federer returns to action with win in Mercedes Cup

By The Sports Xchange
Roger Federer returns to action with win in Mercedes Cup
Roger Federer of Switzerland. Photo by Ray Stubblebine/UPI | License Photo

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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