Roger Federer comeback halted by Tommy Haas in Stuttgart

Roger Federer comeback halted by Tommy Haas in Stuttgart

Roger Federer comeback halted by Tommy Haas in Stuttgart

Maybe the new haircut was bad luck for Roger Federer.

Roger Federer is returning to the ATP Tour this week after a two-month break and the Swiss could not be more excited.

Federer is now the No. 5 player in the world, though he can rise higher for Wimbledon due to the tournament's special seeding formula that rewards recent grass success.

Federer, though clearly disappointed to have lost, still took time to sign autographs for fans as he exited the court.

The Swiss superstar followed the expected script in the opening set, sweeping to a 6-2 advantage as he glided across the grass. All-in-all, it was a ideal storm of struggle for Federer, whose reappearance was highly anticipated.

Each man then collected a series of holds to set up the tiebreaker, in which Federer made the first error to trail 6-4.

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Federer claimed his last grass-court title in 2015 in Halle, where he is an eight-time champion. Haas broke back, and after that he battled through two grueling sets to ultimately hand Federer the loss in his return to the court.

After an excellent first set, he lost the exciting tie-break in the second, after which he utterly failed to control the game and eventually Tommy Haas won. A lot of factors came into play: Roger had not played a match in 10 weeks. He has defeated champions in the past, and he was playing on his proverbial "home court" in Stuttgart. The wins propelled Nadal to World No 2 and top of the ATP Race to London charts. The competition at Wimbledon is going to be much better that Haas, with all due respect. With that said, it's Federer's worst loss by ranking since 1999. Whether or not he was shaking off rust from his hiatus remains to be seen.

"I am obviously very happy about the win, and kind of, sort of, shocked myself".

"It's tough to put it in words right now".

"No, there's no more breaks now, I've had enough breaks", the 35-year-old said.

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. He'll certainly hope to carry this momentum the Stuttgart Open.

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