TENNIS

Halle Open : Federer Wins First Grass Match In Two Years

Roger Federer made a winning return to the grass courts with a hard-fought victory over qualifier Ilya Ivashka at Halle.

The swiss has not played a competitive match on grass since his Wimbledon final defeat by Novak Djokovic almost two years ago, but was quickly back in the routine.

Belgium's David Goffin retired injured from his first round match against corentin moutet of france at 6-1 5-7. Goffin fell in the first game of the second set, twisting his right knee and could be seen limping slightly on court.