Roger Federer of Switzerland is set to participate at the 2016 Madrid Masters set from April 29 to May 8. The Swiss Maestro will use the tournament to warm up for the next Grand Slam, the French Open set later this year.
“[Roger] Federer is one of the best players in history and Madrid is a special place for him. 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,” Tournament director Manolo Santana said via the tournament’s official website.
Roger Federer has missed most of the action the last three months due to a knee injury and surgery he suffered after the 2016 Australian Open back in January. Federer has played in only 13 matches so far with 10 wins against 3 losses in the 2016 ATP season.
Roger Federer played at the Monte Carlo Masters earlier in April and made the quarterfinals in that tournament losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 6-3 2-6 5-7 in the tournament won by rival Rafael Nadal.
Federer has won at the Madrid tournament three times before, in 2006, 2009 and 2012 beating Fernando Gonzales (7-5 6-1 6-0), Rafael Nadal (6-4 6-4) and Tomas Berdych (3-6 7-5 7-5), respectively.
Federer wants a similar success to Rafael Nadal, who has won the last two tournaments he has joined. Novak Djokovic remains the favorite at the French Open but Nadal is considered a dangerous threat in the clay courts. Federer also wants to be part of those discussions as one of the players who has a chance to win at Roland Garros.