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Federer relieved to win in comeback following knee surgery

A relieved Roger Federer cruised to victory at the Monaco Masters on Tuesday in his first match in more than two months following a knee operation that left him fearing for his playing career.

Beating Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 6-4 in the second round is nothing special for a 17-time Grand Slam champion with 88 career titles. But it was more about relief than anything else for Federer, who had arthroscopic surgery on Feb. 3 for torn cartilage in his left knee.

Casting his mind back to the hours following his operation, Federer recalled his feelings - which were a mixture of the rational and irrational.

"When I woke up and I looked at the knee I got...