Roger Federer comeback halted by Tommy Haas in Stuttgart

Roger Federer

He now says he is fully prepared for other tournaments and assured that there will no be no more breaks.

'I thought it was a typical grass-court match today', the World No. 5 recognized. "So I'm going to be playing a regular schedule for the second part of the season. and the beginning is at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart", ATP's official website quoted Federer as saying.

Debuting a short 'do in his first match since skipping clay in order to proceed straight to grass, Federer took a stunning 2-6, 7-6 (8), 6-4 loss in Stuttgart to Tommy Haas.

Despite a superb first set on grass, the 35-year-old squandered a matchpoint and lost his grip on the game in the oldest tour match, in terms of combined ages, since 1982 and suffered only his second loss of the season.

"I think Rafa winning the French Open is less of a surprise because he'd done it nine times before..."

Haas posted a 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 victory over Herbert to advance to face top-seeded Federer, who received a bye in the opening round. Even though he's returned to his preferred surface, it no longer looks like he'll take to it quite the way Nadal tore up the clay; he'll return next week at Halle, a tournament he's won eight times, to regain some momentum in time for Wimbledon, still a few weeks away.

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Last year's losing finalist and another home favourite Philipp Kohlschreiber also reached round two, 6-1 up when Marcos Baghdatis retired after receiving treatment from the physio.

He, however, insisted that the second half of 2017 season will be much more competitive.

"Obviously Rafa is in great position to finish world number one", he said.

"When you come into the second set, save a match point and then come back, that always makes you very happy about a win. For him it's going to be all about staying injury free", Federer said.

"It maybe had something to do with Murray having a bit of a letdown after his great finish to previous year and Novak not playing his absolute best".

The ATP World Tour Finals, which features the world's top eight singles players and top eight doubles pairs, will be held at London's O2 Arena from November 12-19.

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