Roger Federer beaten by 39-year-old Tommy Haas on Stuttgart return

Roger Federer says he doesn't want to be a practice court world champion and that the second half of the ATP World Tour season will be epic
Roger Federer says he doesn't want to be a practice court world champion and that the second half of the ATP World Tour season will be epic
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15 June, 2017

Nadal's clay-court domination culminated in a tenth French Open crown and now, following a 10-week lay-off, all eyes will be on Federer in Germany over the next fortnight as he battles it out for top honours once again. If you don't take your chances like I didn't, leading a set and a break, you really only have yourself to blame at the end.

It was an incredible win for Haas - once world No 2 but now ranked down at 302 - who triumphed in the first round in Stuttgart. Unfortunately, it seemed that he went into neutral instead, meandering about the court and seeming uninterested in the match around him.

Nadal said Tuesday in a statement: "After speaking to my team and doctor, I have decided my body needs to rest if I am going to be ready to play Wimbledon".

Federer has not been seen on a tennis court since April 2 when he announced after winning the Miami Open that he would be skipping most of the clay-court season and would only play the French Open in order to focus on winning an eighth Wimbledon title.

The Swiss superstar followed the expected script in the opening set, sweeping to a 6-2 advantage as he glided across the grass.

Haas is the oldest player to beat a top five opponent since Jimmy Connors, at 39 years and five months old, defeated Michael Stich in Memphis in 1992.

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I was going to try and just get through the first round and hopefully feel better each day. "I can say I'm strong on court". Nadal said. "The rest of the things (don't) matter". "If you want to play well, you have to let players breathe a little".

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Tomic eventually prevailed over the world No.139 6-1 5-7 6-2 but not before blowing a seemingly unassailable lead in spectacular fashion.

Federer is the favorite to win today after taking a couple months off. bet365 Sports has him posted at 1.083, while Haas is a steep 8.00 to get the win.

Federer felt that apart from the Spaniard, any of the other contenders including Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, could step up their game in the second half of the season. We'll all be playing our best tennis.

Last year, Roger Federer reached the final 4 in Stuttgart before falling to Austrian sensation Dominic Thiem. "Quite exciting actually for the ATP Tour".

Federer will look to continue the impressive form he showed during the start of the year as he hopes to get in shape for Wimbledon.

Meanwhile, Tommy Haas already fulfilled his goals in Stuttgart, and he can play without any kind of pressure in the upcoming match against Mischa Zverev. His last title came way back in 2013 when he won Vienna Open.


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