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Federer tests back injury with Rome win over Zverev

AFP logoAFP 11-05-2016
Switzerland's Roger Federer returns the ball to Germany's Alexander Zverev during the ATP Tennis Open tournament at the Foro Italico, on May 11, 2016 in Rome. © Provided by AFP Switzerland's Roger Federer returns the ball to Germany's Alexander Zverev during the ATP Tennis Open tournament at the Foro Italico, on May 11, 2016 in Rome.

Roger Federer made a winning return to the clay after last week's back pain, with the Swiss icon beating German teenager Alexander Zverev 6-3, 7-5 in the second round of the Rome Masters.

The match, lasting 89 minutes, was the first for the 34-year-old Swiss since losing a Monte Carlo quarter-final to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga nearly a month ago.

The 17-time Grand Slam winner was due to play last week in Madrid but withdrew with back pain.

He came to Rome early to train, drawing 6,000 fans to a weekend practice session. Federer is playing at the Foro Italico for the 16th time as he seeks his first Rome title.

The Swiss has finished runner-up four times, most recently last year against Novak Djokovic.

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