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Stuttgart Open | Federer is beaten in his first outing on grass

Stuttgart Open | Federer is beaten in his first outing on grass
Roger Federer has targeted Wimbledon for his 19th grand slam title and as such, missed the whole of the claycourt season to ensure his body was in the best of physical shape and peaked at the right time.
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 Roger Federer

Consequently he hasn’t played since April when he beat Rafa Nadal in the Miami Masters final and returned to the fray on Wednesday at the Stuttgart Open where he faced the veteran Tommy Haas, the world No 302, only to suffer his second defeat of the year.

Even more surprising he squandered a match point in his 2-6 7-6(8) 6-4 loss, a defeat which has knocked a dent in his build up to Wimbledon and his main objective of making 8 Wimbledon titles.

In addition, it was the first time in his career that the 35-year-old Federer has been beating in his opening match since Wimbledon 2002 when he lost to Mario Ancic. It was also the 39-year-old Haas’ first victory over the current world No5 since the Halle final in 2012.


Roger Federer congratulates Tommy Haas

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Haas who is playing in his last season as a professional, was ‘pretty speechless’ at his win. “Playing Roger is always very special, especially on grass, especially here in Germany,” he said in his on-court interview.

The German, who saved nine of the 12 break points he faced and converted two of his own three chances, added: “I’ve even shocked myself a bit. I’m a bit speechless. It’s hard to find words.”

Meanwhile Federer himself was lost for words. “Tough to put into words right now” he commented. “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.”





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Henry Wancke

Henry Wancke is one of the most respected Tennis writers in the UK. Henry is the Editor of both Tennis Threads Magazine and tennisthreads.net. He previously worked as Editor of Tennis World, Serve & Volley as well as Tennis Today magazines and been stringer for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Press Association. He also co-authored the Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Tennis with John Parsons published by Carlton, and the Federation Cup – the first 32 years, published by the ITF. Currently he is the Secretary of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association and Hon Vice President of the Tennis Industry Association UK.

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