Roger Federer Will Play Madrid
by Tom Gainey | April 29th, 2016, 9:25 am
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The Madrid Open confirmed Roger Federer will play in the event which begins on Sunday.

“Federer is one of the best players in history and Madrid is a special place for him,” tournament director Manolo Santana said. “We are delighted to have him back in the Caja Mágica. In addition, he is one of the fans’ favourites because of everything he has achieved in his career. We will be welcoming him with open arms.”

In his return from knee surgery, Federer fell to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the Monte Carlo quarterfinals two weeks ago.

Federer is a 3-time Madrid champion winning in 2006 when it was indoors, 2009 beating Rafael Nadal and 2012 when he knocked out Tomas Berdych on the blue clay.

The men’s draw in Madrid will be released Saturday morning. Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray are all expected in the field.


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46 Comments for Roger Federer Will Play Madrid

Daniel Says:

Seems we’ll have a complete files in Madrid.

Anyine knows if Ferrer will be playing after 2 skips in MC and Barca and if DelPo got a wildcard for Madrid?


J-Kath Says:

Gosh – what did Roger do to deserve this photo? Almost as bad as Andy in the tub and Andy in the Christmas outfit.


SG1 Says:

Unshaven Andy in the x-mas outfit…hysterical…LOL. Forgot about that one.


J-Kath Says:

SG1: Glad you liked the “Andy”…

Seeing you’re around…ever since I got home I’ve been trying to find the Men’s Singles Draw for Madrid….I thought it was lunch-time today?????


J-Kath Says:

The Women’s Draw for Madrid is out but no sign of the men’s????????????????


Giles Says:

Men’s draw tomorrow.


RZ Says:

LOL at the pic. Fed can be such a dork sometimes.


django Says:

Novak should drop out. He doesn’t need this.


RZ Says:

@django – why do you think that? He lost early in Monte Carlo so that leaves only Madrid and Rome for his FO warm-up.


Wog Boy Says:

django,

I think it might be good he is in Madrid for a few reasons, none of them is tennis reason, but I won’t elaborate. Have a look the video in this link, Nole was visibly really, and I mean really moved with the way they greeted him on his first practice in Madrid. It is worth looking, it says everything about what happened three years ago, have a look please, don’t worry about the rest of the link, you won’t understand, just the video:

http://www.rts.rs/page/sport/sr/story/38/tenis/2301829/madrid-spalirom-i-aplauzima-docekao-djokovica.html


Matt Says:

Wogboy,
Great link, thanks for sharing.
Will be very nice to see where he’s at form-wise.
He should be fine.

I wish Nadal had had to play Tsonga in that Barc final.
In other words, we’re still yet to see Nadal in major winning form.


Wog Boy Says:

Matt,

No worries, my pleasure.


django Says:

Wog boy
Ok he got clapping from ball girls? What about the crowd?
I would give them nothing and stay home. He can play in Rome.


Wog Boy Says:

django,

We have to wait to see for the crowd, but I like your determination (stubbornness) in your opinion, and stright shooting attitude.
You remind me of my friend here, she is Australian born of Serbian father and another w. european nation mother, when she makes up her mind you can do whatever you wont but she won’t change it, genetics are mighy things:)


Wog Boy Says:

^^ “mighty” should say


django Says:

Wog boy
Inat is a mighty thing


jane Says:

inat was mightiest when novak won the us open and beat the crowd. maybe he can use it in madrid too? should he need it, of course … :)


Wog Boy Says:

django and jane,

Agree with both of you.


chrisford1 Says:

It would be nice if Madrid and Nole put the past behind and turn a new leaf. Glad to see in the vid that Wog Boy posted it seems to be going to a new chapter.


jane Says:

he was warmly greeted, both by the tournament owner and during his practice. also, his forehand looked great in practice. i think/hope the short rest served him well.


Tazman1 Says:

I thought this article was about Rog! Anyway,it’s good to see he’s playing and hopefully he’ll play well!


django Says:

Is Dimitrov playing? 😶


chrisford1 Says:

Since this thread is about Fed, I have to add GOOD! Appreciate him being around still and remaining a player to be feared. But he is in his twilight. The tournaments will be less and less involving Fed. And soon enough, you will either get a farewell tour announcement a la Roddick/Hewitt. Or a fairly abrupt announcement say, after next years AO – “2017 Wimbledon will be my last regular event because I actually do want to spend lots of time in Switzerland with my many kids and not travelling the globe..”.

He’s not a fave of mine as a person, but he has been so good for the sport!
And as they say, “The end is well neigh”. Coming faster than most want to contemplate. He’ll be 35 in three months. The window to win a Slam is likely closed now, the window to still get a Masters or other 3 set a match tournament trophy is closing fast.
For now, him just entering an event has become newsworthy. Not like an 83rd ranked Leyton Hewitt taking in another “Rusty” moment. Same with going deep. He’s still around, still dangerous to any player save Rafa – and dangerous to Rafa on a couple fast outdoor arenas and any indoor one.

Roger Federer! I do love it so when Novak or Rafa beats him…..but even though fans veer into Young Gun love&infatuation…Querrey! Jerzy! Jerzy! Bernard! Milos! Grigor! Nick! Dominic! Tiafoe! – this is the Twilight of a Tennis God…I’ll miss that arrogant prancing ballerina. And see his influence on younger players for 20-30 years to come. (If I should live so long!)


Wog Boy Says:

Since this thread is about Roger, I would like to ser Fedal in Madrid…if Roger makes it so far..

Again, since this thread is about Roger, as he mentioned few days ago, if he plays Madrid he won’t be playing Rome, most likely… but did you know that he holds two records in Rome, for the longest ever and shortest ever final, of course, he lost both to Rafa..


Wog Boy Says:

Dimitrov is in Istanbul atm, replacing Roger as a member of the same stable, Roger was worried that he might be “blown away” by the beauty of Istanbul, Madrid is next stop for Dimitrov..


Daniel Says:

Federal could happen in Quarters if Nadal is in Fed’s quarter.

Nadal as #5 will land in either Djoko, Murray, Fed or Wawa quarters, 25% chance for each. We’ll find out tomorrow.


gee Says:

Sorry, I can’t warm up to Fed.
He was a coddled princess that annoyed people who played v
smarter than him. Nole angered Fedal when he comically copied them, but Nole knew their character flaws long before he revolutionized tennis & got revenge on them emotionally.
Lil boys map their game with Nole’s attitude, look & technique.
They see a very big longevity in Nole, not Fedal.
There’s nothing weak about dominating the best players on different surfaces. Hewitt & Roddick weren’t all-surface warriors.
Some players & fans can’t have it both ways.
They expected Nole to go away in 2011, then when Nadal physically struggled to beat a depleted, spitting, feverish Nole, Nadal hunched over with relief in 2014 French open.


Michael Says:

Great piece of News !!

Madrid is one of his favourite Clay court tournaments which he cannot afford to miss and I would say he has taken a prudent decision by deciding to play. That said, there is a very feeble chance of him winning this tournament but still it would be a good launching pad for his Rolland Garros bid.


Okiegal Says:

Gee…..wouldn’t Fed be a coddled Prince and not a Princess? Use your words properly….it is confusing to us old folks……it’s a gender thing, after all…..


chrisford1 Says:

Gee – talk about shitting in a nest! You are sounding like one of the more obsessive obnoxious Fed fans. The ones who cannot warm one iota to another player except Stan when he was subservient to Roger and those fans that “rather fancied’ Nadal as a sidekick. Robin to Batman, Superboy to the real Superman or worse, Don Quixote’s simple minded sidekick Sancho Panza.
Djokovic looked to both guys and said he wouldn’t be as successful unless he had learned a great deal from both.
I think Rafa has been far more influential in Novak’s on-court improvements. Who else reached out and got to Nadal’s level in heart, mental strength, stamina??
I think with Roger, it has been off court where Fed has been most influential. How to be a #1, a champion, and use that to get even further into money and circles of influencers, how to become more popular. How to enjoy it. While still being Novak and openly saying he has to both daily fight complacency and battle his ego from getting too big as a champion. To remain holistic and grounded.


Pauly Says:

Nadal is playing better that’s all I’ll say …
However the litmus test is Djokovic & always will be
Djokovic knows how to beat Nadal he’s game plan is good
Nadal can’t defend against Djokovic he must go offensive to have best chance of winning
Another 2009 Madrid semi final would be nice
Nadal at his best can beat everyone but still struggle against Djokovic Coz they are so even !
Nadal finds it hard to outgrind Djokovic who’s defensive game is hard to penetrate . He Can’t outhit Djokovic either
That’s why in love classic Nadal vs Djokovic matches
Battles of wills decide most games plus luck of course
However now I feel Nadal has more confidence so should be great matches agajn
Nadal Can win the French open


Anto Says:

Nadal, Murray and Federer in same half. And thank god djokovic is in the other half. If nadal is to win the title here he will have to defeat all the members of the big4 (excluding him ofcourse)


Pauly Says:

Nadal vs Djokovic final would be great if it happens


Giles Says:

As usual, joker gets a mickey mouse draw. So what else is new!!??


Daniel Says:

Also, Stan x Kyrgios could happen second round if Kyrgios wins his first match. Hope all the top players advance this time. Some very interesting match ups coming. Fed couldface Depo third round if DelPo wins 2 and Fed 1. And Fedal Quarters.


skeezer Says:

“As usual, joker gets a mickey mouse draw. So what else is new!!??”
You quickly forget the YEARS Rafa had mickey mouse draws.
That got old quickly….especially on Clay.


J-Kath Says:

@Anto

“If nadal is to win the title here he will have to defeat all the members of the big4 (excluding him ofcourse)”

The same applies to Murray and Federer.


anki Says:

Tough draw for Djokovic and Federer. Doubt both will make the QF/ SF’s. Yet another win for Rafa it seems


Giles Says:

10.14 am
Yep, I have a very bad memory!


gonzalowski Says:

Tough for Djokovic?? Not at all. “Easy” for Nadal, and for Murray too (except maybe Dimitrov).

Never seen this great sportsmen live, I just got a ticket for the 2nd semifinal (that’s the one of the bottom half, isn’t?, hopefully Murray – Nadal). 72€ at the bottom up.

I’d like to see Rafa Live once at least. By the way, I hate (from yeras now) the web of the Madrid Mutua Tennis Open, it’s the most uncomfortable web of tennis world. At the end I had to pick the phone for the tickets.


Okiegal Says:

@Gonza

Want to see Rafa live too…….on my bucket list…..


Okiegal Says:

Let’s face it……in Rafa’s heyday, he made any draw on clay look easy……just saying…..I wish it was still that way….but I guess in sports, all good things come to an end, but what is comforting for a Rafa fan, he never seems to give up, always up to the task of fighting on…..


J-Kath Says:

gonzalowski

I think Federer is more likely to give Murray a contest than Grigor.


Dave Says:

Grigor beat Murray last time they played. Grigor is a better mover on clay than Federer. Federer getting by Thiem and Nadal back to back is very unlikely. He will have to hope for a Nadal upset.


J-Kath Says:

Dave

There’s always the unexpected, but Andy is the much better player. Federer is also a much better player than Grigor. We can have a private bet if you like? A simple: “I told you so” on either side.???? I also think Federer will get by Thiem.

But, Nadal is a different kettle of fish…he’s more yacht ready……..(pity I don’t know how to do an Okie)!

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