Published: Thu, June 15, 2017
Sports | By Mabel Barber

No More Practice, Roger Federer Is Ready For The ATP Tour

No More Practice, Roger Federer Is Ready For The ATP Tour

Maybe the new haircut was bad luck for Roger Federer.

Roger Federer suffered a shock defeat to 39-year-old Tommy Haas at the Stuttgart grass court tournament on Wednesday (June 14) in the Swiss great's first match after nearly three months out of action.

Haas got the better of Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 and is eagerly anticipating a reunion with his old pal, who is returning to the ATP Tour for the first time since winning the Miami Open in April, after which he made a decision to rest. "There are no more breaks now", he told the ATP website.

Three set points were wasted by the German but Federer double faulted when defending the fourth - having previously wasted his only match point.

Federer shanked second-serve returns, overhit easy shots and was disgusting on the numerous break opportunities that offered him a way back into the match.

Meanwhile, in Stuttgart, Germany, Roger Federer said that sticking to a limited schedule has helped him enjoy a renaissance late in his career, but the rest time is now over and he is looking forward to returning to action at the Mercedes Cup this week.

The German joins compatriot Philipp Kohlschreiber in the next round after he defeated Steve Johnson in three sets.

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"Playing Roger is very special - especially on grass and also in Germany". Nadal has claimed four titles on the tour this year, winning 46 matches and losing just six in a stellar 2017.

As great as Haas played, kicking up so much chalk on his serves they may have had to repaint the lines in between matches, the story was obviously Federer's uncharacteristic performance in his much-heralded return to the sport.

"I've even shocked myself a bit", said Haas, who is ranked 302nd and was given a wild card for the grass-court tournament.

When the 39-year-old Haas turns 99 someday he'll probably still possess a yo-yo artist control over his wondrous one-hander.

For the German, this was the second victory in career over Rodger Federer.

When Federer netted a forehand down the line, Haas had double set point at 6-4. If he does not win Halle, Federer can still get fourth by passing Stan Wawrinka, who is playing at the 500-point Queen's Club event next week in suburban London. To start this campaign though, he will need to get passed Tommy Haas. "Happy to do it one more time here in Stuttgart".

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