Roger Federer wins on return from injury in Stuttgart

Roger Federer
Roger Federer is aiming for his eighth Wimbledon title next month

World number three Roger Federer made his return from injury with a second-round victory in the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart.

The 34-year-old had missed the French Open last month with a back problem.

His comeback match against American Taylor Fritz went into a second day because of heavy rain, but the Swiss eventually came through 6-4 5-7 6-4.

The result takes Federer joint second with Ivan Lendl for the most wins in the open era with 1,071.

"I can take a lot of confidence out of this match," said the 17-time Grand Slam champion.

"I need to improve a few things, but I served big and I was able to handle three sets over two days, and find some energy at the end of the match."