Monaco :  Swiss player Roger Federer plays a return to Guillermo Garcia Lopez of Spain during their match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Tuesday, April 12, 2016. AP/PTI Photo(AP4_12_2016_000362B)
Monaco : Swiss player Roger Federer plays a return to Guillermo Garcia Lopez of Spain during their match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Tuesday, April 12, 2016. AP/PTI Photo(AP4_12_2016_000362B)

Monte Carlos : World number two Andy Murray kicked off his clay-court season on a winning note as he saw off battling Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France to reach the third round of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters on Tuesday.

After comfortably winning the first set against his French compatriot, the 28-year-old Scottish player committed some unforced error in the second set before rebounding strongly to secure a 6-2, 4-6 ,6-3 win in the second round contest that lasted for two hours and seven minutes.

Meanwhile, third-seed Roger Federer made a successful return after his knee surgery as he outclassed his Spaniard opponent Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 6-4 to storm into the next round of the tournament.

Federer, who had not played since his Australian Open semi-final defeat against top-ranked Novak Djokovic, was scheduled to return at the Miami Open, but was forced to pull out due to stomach flu.

Spanish David Ferrer on Tuesday declared that he will not participate in the Monte Carlo Masters which started on Monday, because of a calf injury.

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