15 Mar 2009

Federer retuns to the court

6:06 pm on 15 March 2009

Roger Federer has eased into the third round of the Indian Wells Masters Series with a straight-sets win over Marc Gicquel.

The match was the world number 2's first since his Australian Open loss in January.

The Swiss star, sidelined by a lingering back injury for more than six weeks, beat Gicquel 7-6 (7-4) 6-4, firing the last of his 12 aces on match point to wrap up the one-hour, 23-minute encounter.

He says the time off after Melbourne had done him a world of good.