May 7, 2019 -- Madrid, Spain Walking onto a clay court to compete for the first time in two years, Roger started his Madrid campaign today against French veteran, Richard Gasquet. Looking comfortable on the clay, Roger raced to a quick victory and needed less than an hour to win 6-2, 6-3. He finished with 28 winners and 7 aces and looked strong as he dominated the shorter points. "I grew up on this surface, so I feel comfortable about that, but I think richard was also maybe a little bit hurt from his match yesterday." As the fourth seed and a 3-time Champion in Madrid, he will have a day off and either play Gael Monfils or Marton Fucsovics next.