Federer done resting as he begins Wimbledon prep

Roger Federer told reporters gathered in Stuttgart on June 13 that he would return to a full programme of tennis tournaments for the rest of the season

Federer is the favorite to win today after taking a couple months off. bet365 Sports has him posted at 1.083, while Haas is a steep 8.00 to get the win. The cropped do is a far cry from the ponytailed look of his youth, and a departure from the flowing locks that he has sported over the last few years. "And this is the beginning here at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart", he went on to add.

Federer has not been seen on a tennis court since April 2 when he announced after winning the Miami Open that he would be skipping most of the clay-court season and would only play the French Open in order to focus on winning an eighth Wimbledon title. "I want to be a champ on the match courts", he told ATP's official website.

Meanwhile, in Stuttgart, Germany, Roger Federer said that sticking to a limited schedule has helped him enjoy a renaissance late in his career, but the rest time is now over and he is looking forward to returning to action at the Mercedes Cup this week.

Federer started his grasscourt season by sweeping the opening set in 22 minutes but Haas fought back to win the second on a Federer double-fault, one of only two for the 35-year-old. 'Rallies weren't very long and it was decided on a serve there or a return here.

The was the oldest singles tie to be played on the Tour since 1982, when 30-year-old Ricardo Cano beat Luis Ayala, 49, in the Vina del March.

Federer will play either Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert or German Tommy Haas in the second round at Stuttgart on Wednesday.

"I am speechless, of course", Haas said in front of an ecstatic home crowd. The Swiss player was up 6/2 2/1 and serve, he got broken back and then in the tie-break he didn't convert a match point.

"We started to get closer around the time when my fiancee and his wife became friendlier. I even shocked myself".

Haas, a former world number two but now down at 302, won 2-6, 7-6 (10/8), 6-4 for just his fourth victory in 17 meetings against his close friend. The world number five saved four set points and wasted a match point as the German forced a third set, where he broke his opponent early on and held on to his advantage.

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