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Federer rides Paris nerves

26th May 2019, 19:00 by Jack Ogalbe

Roger Federer said he was pleased with the way he managed his nerves after making a winning return at the French Open.

Injuries and a preference for playing on other surfaces have seen the 20-time Grand Slam champion opt to skip Roland Garros over the last half decade but he had no issues on Sunday as he took to the Parisian clay.

The Swiss simply had too much for Italian Lorenzo Sonego, giving the fans who provided him with a standing ovation onto Court Philippe Chatrier precisely what they wanted with a 6-2 6-4 6-4 success.

Federer will next play German lucky loser Oscar Otte and after weeks of facing questions about his game and the inevitable nerves that come with returning to one of the grandest stages in sport, the 37-year-old says he was delighted with the manner in which he performed.

"Because there has been some pressure in the beginning, obviously some nerves, many people wanted to know how it was going to be for me, how I was going to be back," Federer said.

"There has been a lot of attention lately with my return. When I started the match, I started it well, so it shows that the pressure is not acting on me.

"I was right away playing well on the centre court here in Roland Garros. The duration of the match wasn't a problem. No problems with my body before or after the match. And then I have... two-and-a-half days... it's ideal for me for the start of the tournament."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

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