But the 35-year-old showed noticeable signs of rust in his first game back, struggling for consistency with his ground strokes against an inspired Haas.
And while his own resurgence this year has taken him aback, Federer insists that Rafael Nadal's return to claycourt dominance was not so unexpected. He stated in an interview recently that he has had enough breaks.
Federer is to play either Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert or German Tommy Haas in the second round in Stuttgart today. Having added the 18th Grand Slam on his resume in January and later the Miami Masters in April, Federer chose to skip the French Open to get ready for grass season.
"It maybe had something to do with Murray having a bit of a letdown after his great finish to previous year and Novak not playing his absolute best".
The Swiss legend, having rolled back the years to lift the Australian Open trophy back in January, served 23 aces against his 39-year-old opponent and also had a match point in the second set but he still slipped to just his second defeat of the season.
The No. 2 player in the world suffered the biggest upset loss of his career on Wednesday, falling to world No. 302 Tommy Haas at the Mercedes Open in Germany.
"I was hoping he was going to dominate the clay-court season like the olden days", said Federer.
Jutanugarn wins final Manulife LPGA Classic in playoff Phil Mickelson was tied for the lead until making a triple-bogey at the 12th, eventually finishing in ninth position. There shouldn't be any question this time that Ariya Jutanugarn is taking over the No. 1 spot on the Rolex Rankings.
Pouille, like top-seeded Federer, had been given a bye to the second round.
The Rafa-Roger rivalry has been renewed this year and it's Federer who has the upper hand, winning all three of their high profile encounters, including the Melbourne and Miami finals.
"It's always special to play a close friend like Roger on grass, always lots of emotion", said Haas, who has undergone nine surgeries in his career to mend a number of ailments.
The contest between the pair was the oldest ATP singles contest since 1982 in Vina del Mar, where Ricardo Cano (30) beat Luis Ayala (49).
He will next face compatriot Mischa Zverev who beat qualifier and fellow German Yannick Hanfmann 7-6 (7/1), 6-2 in 83 minutes. I think all the setbacks ignite the fire more again to prove myself, my fans, family and team that I can still do it.
While Iran backs President Bashad al-Assad, Riyadh follows a US-led coalition for changing the regime with the help of insurgents. Trump has frequently called the agreement "one of the worst deals ever signed" and said Washington would review it .
In addition, USA crude stockpiles fell by 1.7 million barrels, less than the expected decline of 2.7 million barrels. ET, the Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index was down 160.94 points, or 1.05 per cent, to 15,218.61.
In the communique, the US added a footnote saying it's taking its own steps to reduce the country's carbon footprint. By this announcement, Trump claims he is only fulfilling his "solemn duty to protect America and its citizens".
The 51st House District has a contest for the Democratic Party nomination to challenge Republican Rich Anderson. Just a few days remain until the June 13 primary, and candidates are making their final pitches for votes.
The Dodgers have won each of Clayton Kershaw's last seven starts, a streak they'll try to stretch against Cleveland. In addition to the strained left hamstring, Cespedes incurred soreness in his right quadriceps during his rehab.
He has been dogged by questions about possible additional encounters with the ambassador, Sergey Kislyak ever since. Instead, he described his refusal as a long-standing "policy" of the Department of Justice.
It's coming in the form of Metroid: Samus Returns which is basically a remake of Metroid II with improved graphics and controls. For Metroid , they showed off a new Samus Aran figure and a squishy alien creature breaking out of its glass enclosure.
Murphy said the sale would "makes us complicit in this humanitarian and national security disaster" in Yemen. Correction: This story has been corrected to add one vote to the opposing party, making the vote 53-47.
He's also attracted controversy - a 2014 BuzzFeed report said he threatened to dig up dirt on journalists critical of the company. William Gurley and David Bonderman, two independent board members, are said to already be anxious about Kalanick's management.
But Republicans can only afford to lose support for the bill from just two of their 52 senators for that legislation to pass. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), a key figure in the Senate's health care debate, said he wasn't as confident in the process.
Yanez testified Friday that he meant that he didn't know where the gun was "up until I saw it in his right thigh area". But during closing arguments on Monday, Yanez's defense team said Castile reached for his gun when he was told not to.
Cosby jury deliberating, no new questions
Bill Cosby leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. In those interviews, Cosby admitted to sexual contact with Constand and said they had previously had a romantic encounter.
Firefighters battling massive blaze in London high-rise
Police confirmed a cordon was being enlarged amid fears the tower could collapse with debris already falling about the area. There were indications that people were trapped in the burning building, according to media accounts.
Cabinet ministers rally behind Turnbull on energy policy
The meeting, let's be clear, was a presentation of the Finkel report followed by thoughts and feelings about Finkel's findings. Renewable energy plants could then partner with other forms of generation such as energy storage to meet these requirements.