Murray and Federer advance in Monte Carlo

Andy Murray and Roger Federer beat Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez respectively to progress to the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters on Tuesday.

After two and a half months away from the game, Federer made an impressive comeback as he trounced Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 6-4. The match lasted 75 minutes and the Swiss star only lost his serve once.

“I’m glad to be back,” Federer said upon his return.

“It was a tough recovery but you must take it day by day, setting goals and achieving them.”

If Federer was flawless, Murray was anything but. However, the latter still managed to grind out a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 win over Herbert.

The Scot lost serve four times in a match that he never came close to getting going in.

“It was obviously a very scrappy match. The best tennis I played was really in the third set,” Murray said.

“The norm is bad just now, so I need to improve on that. I’m not playing my best.”

Elsewhere on a busy day in Monaco, there were straight-set victories for Joao Sousa, Gilles Simon, Damir Dzumhur, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Taro Daniel, David Goffin, Fernando Verdasco and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

While, Pablo Cuevas, Jiri Vesely and Paolo Lorenzi were forced to three-sets before they booked their places in the next round.

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