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• Federer beats Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego 6-2, 6-4, 6-4
• Stefanos Tsitsipas, Grigor Dimitrov and Marin Cilic all win

The old and the new shone on the first day of the refurbished French Open but the winning return of Roger Federer after an absence of four years grabbed most insistently at the heartstrings of the faithful on Court Philippe Chatrier.

The creaking stadium has been knocked down and rebuilt, with a roof to come, but the welcome for the 37-year-old Swiss was as warm as ever. Although he played well, brilliantly in bursts, he had to fight hard towards the end before seeing off the determined challenge of the 24-year-old Italian Lorenzo Sonego 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 in an hour and 41 minutes.

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Sun, 26 May 2019 14:54:29 GMT

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