TENNIS

Federer Wins On Return

Wimbledon Champion Roger Federer made a victorious return to action as he recovered from a set down to beat Germany's Mischa Zverev 3-6 6-4 6-2 at the Stuttgart Open.

Federer had some early chances but could not take them and it was Zverev who struck first when he broke to love to lead 5-3 before a couple of aces helped him pocket the Opening Set.

Federer, who will be seeking a ninth Wimbledon title next month, eventually found some magic with a backhand winner to break for a 4-2 lead but the 36-year-old handed the advantage straight back in the next game.

Veteran Tommy Haas stunned Federer in Stuttgart a year ago but any thoughts of a similarly early exit against Zverev vanished as he surged into a 4-1 lead in the second set and cruised to victory.