Seventeen-time grand slam champion Roger Federer drew quite a crowd while hitting the courts in Madrid on Sunday. The Swiss tennis ace, who recently had his first major surgery in his career, looked in fine form as he prepares for one of the tune-up tournamentsst heading into Roland Garros.
In a video shared on one of Federer’s fan pages on Facebook, the 34-year-old was seen with his backhand slice shots and front hand volley practice with a hitting partner. A number of spectators were there to watch Federer, a three-time Madrid Masters champion, practice for the said tournament.
Third seed Federer received a bye through to the second round where he will play the winner of the match between Nicolas Mahut or Joao Souza. In the third round, Federer could face Juan Martin del Potro or Dominic Thiem or Jack Sock. A potential quarterfinal clash with David Goffin or 2015 finalistRafael Nadal, who is coming off of two straight wins in Monte Carlo and Barcelona, also looms for Federer.
More on Federer’s potential path at this year’s Mutua Madrid Open is a semifinal meeting with defending champion Andy Murray. He could play top seed Novak Djokovic or fellow Swiss compatriot Stan Wawrinka in the finals.
Federer sustained an injury following his semifinal lose to Djokovic in the semifinals of the 2016 Australian Open. He underwent arthroscopic knee surgery at his hometown to repair a torn meniscus and was forced to sit out the entire month of February to recuperate making him miss the Dubai and Rotterdam tournaments. Federer was slated to return to action at the 2016 Miami Open, but the tennis star pulled out before his first match due to a stomach virus. He lasts played at the 2016 Monte Carlo Rolex Masters where he reached the quarterfinals before losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in three sets, 6-3 2-6 5-7.
Meanwhile, the main draw of the men’s tournament got underway on Sunday. Alexandr Dolgopolov and wildcard local favorite Fernando Verdasco are both through to the second round after easing the past Steve Johnson, 3-6 6-3 7-6 (4) and Juan Monaco, 7-5 7-6 (3), in their opening round matches, respectively.
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