Roger Federer announced a short while ago that he will play the Gstaad clay court event later this month on July 22. The 31-year-old Swiss just lost in the second round last week at Wimbledon and wasn’t scheduled to play again until Montreal on August 5 which would give Federer another extended break similar to his rest after Indian Wells.
But perhaps to try and gain confidence, get match play and pick up ranking points, Federer will return to Gstaad for the first time since 2004 when he won the title beating Igor Andreev in four sets – back then they played best-of-5 finals at some ATP events.
“I’m looking forward playing in Switzerland in front of my fans and to participate once again in the tournament that offered me my first wild card on the ATP World Tour when I was only 16 year old,” said Federer.
It will be the eighth time Federer plays the tournament. Stanislas Wawrinka and Janko Tipsarevic are also expected to be in the field.
I’ve decided to play #opengstaad. Very excited to play in Switzerland this summer.This was the event that gave me my first wild card in ‘98!
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) July 2, 2013
If his schedule holds, Federer will play on three different surfaces in a span of three events.
Federer is currently ranked No. 3 in the world but will fall to No. 5 or maybe lower in the next ATP rankings on Monday.
This season Federer has one title in Halle but just one Top 10 win in 2013.
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