Roger Federer facilitated his return to Roland Garros with a straight set victory over Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion hadn’t played at Roland Garros since 2019 after missing last year’s tournament with a knee injury.
The 39-year-old Swiss played smoothly and confidently, winning 6-2 6-4 6-3.
Meanwhile, the second-seeded Russian Daniel Medvedev ended his misery at Roland Garros by beating Alexander Bublik for his first victory on Parisian clay.
Medvedev, 25, won 6-3 6-3 7-5 over Kazakh Bublik, ending a four-game losing streak in the first round.
The two-time Grand Slam finalist had a relieved smile after serving for the win in under two hours.
“I felt like I didn’t play well in the past here, but this time around I feel comfortable,” Medvedev said.
“I run well and move well. I want to continue playing at this level.”
Medevdev has rarely hidden his aversion to the red earth, having won just 11 of his 179 career victories at Roland Garros.
He had won only one clay court victory – against Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in Madrid – this year.
Despite being called the “worst surface ever organized” at the recent Italian Open, Medvedev told his pre-Grand Slam press conference that the training in Paris had been “incredible” and that the conditions had helped him to play the way he does on hard courts.
It showed a dominant performance against Bublik, where the warmer and faster conditions seemed to suit his game.
Medvedev is seeded second at Roland Garros – an over 13-time champion Rafael Nadal – because the seeds are based on the world rankings, meaning the Russian is on the opposite side of the men’s draw. against Nadal, seed Novak Djokovic and Federer.
There is no Grand Slam champion in his half following the loss of US Open winner Dominic Thiem on Sunday.
Greece’s fifth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas and Germany’s sixth-seeded Alexander Zverev – both of whom are in a strong rush to go far – remain there after winning their first matches.