Roger Federer beats Denis Istomin to advance to the second round of the French Open

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Roger Federer puts on a classy display by beating Denis Istomin in straight sets and clashing with Marin Cilic in the second round at the French Open

  • The Swiss Superstar won 6-2, 6-4, 6-3 to advance to the second round
  • It’s only Roger Federer’s second appearance at the French Open since 2015
  • Federer and his great rival Rafael Nadal are both tied at 20 grand slams

Roger Federer marked his return to the Grand Slam arena in dazzling fashion with a 6-2 6-4 6-3 first-round loss to qualifier Denis Istomin at the French Open on Monday.

The 39-year-old Swiss had not played a Grand Slam match since the Australian Open 2020 and only played once on clay in the run-up to Roland Garros.

But all doubts about his condition were dispelled when he outclassed Istomin with a perfect display.

Roger Federer made light work of Denis Istomin, beating his opponent in straight sets

Roger Federer made light work of Denis Istomin, beating his opponent in straight sets

Istomin (above) proved no match for the 20-time grand slam champion at Roland Garros

Istomin (above) proved no match for the 20-time grand slam champion at Roland Garros

Istomin (above) proved no match for the 20-time grand slam champion at Roland Garros

Federer hopes to secure a second French Open title after winning it in 2009

Federer hopes to secure a second French Open title after winning it in 2009

Federer hopes to secure a second French Open title after winning it in 2009

Federer went through his usual shotmaking repertoire, including a series of early drop shots, playing in cruise control during the one-sided match.

He was warmly welcomed by the small Philippe Chatrier audience who thoroughly enjoyed his 93-minute exhibition.

Swiss Federer, who won 20 grand slam titles with Rafa Nadal, missed the French Open last year due to a knee injury and is only at Roland Garros for the second time since 2015.

The Swiss superstar will face Marin Cilic in the next round after the Croat defeated Arthur Rinderknech in straight sets.

Federer and Rafael Nadal are both on the hunt for a 21st grand slam title at Roland Garros

Federer and Rafael Nadal are both on the hunt for a 21st grand slam title at Roland Garros

Federer and Rafael Nadal are both on the hunt for a 21st grand slam title at Roland Garros

Federer celebrates after knocking out Istomin and booking his second round spot

Federer celebrates after knocking out Istomin and booking his second round spot

Federer celebrates after knocking out Istomin and booking his second round spot

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