Normal service resumes in new era for Federer

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Roger Federer entered his 30s and a new era with a clinical 7-5, 6-3 victory over Canadian Vasek Pospisil at the Montreal Masters last night.

Playing his first competitive match since celebrating his 30th birthday on Monday, it was business as usual for the Swiss maestro, as he began his tune-up for the US Open playing his first event since a quarter-final loss to Frenchman Jo Wilfried Tsonga at Wimbledon.

"It felt good," Federer said, when asked how his first match as a 30-year-old went. "I'm still able to move. It was my first match outdoors on hard courts... It was a bit tough.

"I believe I didn't play so well, wasn't aggressive enough but also I must say he didn't give me the opportunity."

While there were noticeable signs of rust, there was no evidence of a tennis mid-life crisis, as Federer brushed aside the 21-year-old Canadian, who grew up idolising him.

A third-round meeting with Tsonga, his Wimbledon conqueror, could prove more telling of what the future holds.

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