Paris — Roger Federer marked his return to Roland Garros after a four-year absence with a straight sets win over Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego on Sunday, admitting he “felt on edge", as Angelique Kerber’s hopes of completing a career Grand Slam suffered a quick kill. Federer, a 20-time Major winner, had not played the tournament since 2015 when he reached the quarterfinals. However, on Sunday, it was as if the 37-year-old had never been away as he swept to a 6-2 6-4 6-4 victory in 1hr 41min on a packed, rebuilt Court Philippe Chatrier. It was his 60th successive first round win at a Grand Slam. “I felt on edge at the start, my heart was beating crazily,” said Federer, who hailed the new-look stadium which has been 90% rebuilt in readiness for the installation of a retractable roof for 2020. “I felt great playing on this court. It looks very attractive, so congratulations to everyone involved. Hopefully, I can play here again for my next match.” That match will be against German lucky loser...

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