Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Roger Federer confirms clay court comeback at Madrid Open


Roger Federer has confirmed his participation with this year’s Madrid Open on Wednesday, marking his come back to the eu clay court season after 24 months away.

The 20-times grand slam title winner hasn’t already played since his defeat by Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Australian Open last 16 in January. Federer, whose sole French Open title arrived 2009, has preferred to skip the eu clay events in the last two seasons to look after his schedule. The 37-year-old Swiss is the second most successful player in the Caja Mgica behind Rafa Nadal, winning three titles in 2006, 2009 and 2012.

“Federer is one of the top players out of them all, it is no secret,” the tournament director, Feliciano Lpez, said in the statement.

“We are satisfied because his go back to Madrid is usually a gift on the tournament, but primarily the fans will notice a unique player inside the Caja Mgica. Obtaining Swiss player back on clay with [Novak] Djokovic and Nadal will be unmissable.”

Meanwhile, Petra Kvitova and Simona Halep advanced for the quarter-finals of the Dubai Championships despite windy conditions on Thursday. Kvitova, who won the title in 2019, needed three sets to find out from the challenge of the American Jennifer Brady while former world # 1 Halep breezed through against Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine in straight sets.

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