World No.2 Roger Federer made an impressive return to action with a comfortable 6-3 6-3 win over Radek Stepanek at the Madrid Open.
The 17-time Grand Slam winner, who was sidelined for two months with a back injury, played for the first time since his quarter-final defeat by Rafael Nadal at Indian Wells in March.
Federer got off to a perfect start in the second round match, as he broke the Czech in the third game before holding serve to take the first set 6-3.
He then went and broke Stepanek, the World No.48, again early in the second set to move ahead 3-1 before breaking once more to serve for the match at 5-2.
However, he was then broken himself for the first time in the match as Stepanek finally took a break point opportunity, but Federer broke again in the next game to seal the win.
The three-time champion in Madrid will face either 14th seed Kei Nishikori or Victor Troicki in the third round on Thursday.
"I didn't think I played incredible, but that's not what I was expecting myself to do here, but I didn't play bad either," Federer said.
"Overall, I'm very happy, because he (Stepanek) has caused me difficulties in the past.
"Today that wasn't the case and I thought I was pretty much in control."
Federer is yet to win a tournament this year but if he defends his Madrid crown he will equal John McEnroe's 77 career titles and join the American in third on the all-time ranking behind Jimmy Connors on 109 and Ivan Lendl with 94.
"Obviously I've had a very successful career, which has been amazing already. More than I ever thought I would achieve," Federer said.
"I would love to tie McEnroe at 77, no doubt about it. He was an amazing player and brought a lot to the game, like some other great champions and legends have done and paved the way for us."