Practice king Federer ready for competitive return

Tennis- Match for Africa 3- Federer v Murray- Zurich Switzerland- 10/04/2017- Switzerland's Roger Federer reacts during the Match for

Veteran Tommy Haas secured a second-round Mercedes Cup clash against top seed Roger Federer with victory over Pierre-Hugues Herbert in Stuttgart.

Federer had not played since April 2, when he beat reigning French Open champion Rafael Nadal to win the Miami Open.

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

"There are no more breaks now, I've had enough breaks".

Thankfully for Tomic - who had just five wins and 12 losses this year coming into the match, including one to then world No.140 Darian King - he steadied himself and hit a series of forehand winners to close out the match in the third.

It is also the first time that Federer has been defeated in his opening match at a grass-court tournament since losing to Mario Ancic at Wimbledon in 2002.

The pictures of the Swiss legend are from Stuttgart where he was warming up over the weekend for the Mercedes Cup, which begins on Monday.

Roger Federer, the guy that seems to never get old had a tremendous first part of the season winning his 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian while the cherry on top had him accomplishing the sunshine double (Indian Wells+ Miami).

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The former world No. 1 is now eager to get back to competition this year after a 10-week layoff.

Federer has gotten the better of his friend in head-to-head matches, winning 13 of the 16 career encounters.

"Obviously Rafa is in great position to finish World No. 1", Federer added.

Federer said he expected Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Kei Nishikori and Stan Wawrinka to step up their game in the second half of the season.

"I was hoping he was going to dominate the claycourt season like the olden days".

Last year's runner-up Philipp Kohlschreiber ensured more success for Germany as he held his nerve to squeeze past American Steve Johnson 7-6 (7/3) 5-7 7-6 (8/6). "Quite exciting actually for the ATP Tour", said Federer, who is 19-1 this season and also on an 11-match win streak.

Meanwhile, Tommy Haas already fulfilled his goals in Stuttgart, and he can play without any kind of pressure in the upcoming match against Mischa Zverev. He hasn't won a grass-court title since the Halle Open in 2015.

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