In a surprise move, Roger Federer has accepted a wildcard into next week’s indoor event at Rotterdam. The recent Australian Open champion was off until Indian Wells, but will be back in action with a shot at the No. 1 ranking in a few days.
“The tournament is special for me,” Federer said. “I remember playing for the first time in 1999 as it was one of the first events where I got the chance to play at the highest level. It feels good to join in the celebrations of the 45th edition.”
Federer, who last held No. 1 on October 4, 2012, will pass current No. 1 Rafael Nadal if he reaches the Rotterdam semifinals and at 36, he’ll become the oldest to ever reach the spot.
Federer is a 2-time champion in Rotterdam.
“We are thrilled that Roger has chosen to come to the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament last minute,” tournament chief Richard Krajicek said. “After his fantastic result at the Australian Open, it is tremendous news that he will be joining us in Rotterdam. It is a crown to the celebration of the history of our tournament.”
Federer will be joined by Grigor Dimitrov, Alexander Zverev, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Tomas Berdych, Stan Wawrinka among others at the event.
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