Roger Federer has confirmed his participation in this year’s Madrid Open on Wednesday, marking his return to the eu clay court season after two years away.
The 20-times grand slam title winner haven’t played since his defeat by Stefanos Tsitsipas inside Australian Open last 16 in January. Federer, whose sole French Open title arrived 2009, has preferred to skip the ecu clay events within the last two seasons to deal with his schedule. The 37-year-old Swiss is a second most successful player at the Caja Mgica behind Rafa Nadal, winning three titles in 2006, 2009 and 2012.
“Federer has become the best players in recent history, it is not secret,” the tournament director, Feliciano Lpez, said from a statement.
“We are pleased because his bring back to Madrid may be a gift towards tournament, but certainly the fans is able to go to a unique player during the Caja Mgica. Obtaining Swiss player back on clay with [Novak] Djokovic and Nadal are going to be unmissable.”
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