Haas cuts Federer comeback short in Stuttgart

15 June, 2017, 01:50 | Author: Douglas Reid
  • Roger Federer

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.

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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.

"There are no more breaks now", Federer told the ATP's official website.

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