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February 20, 2019
Roger Federer will participate in the Mutua Madrid Open, which takes place in the Caja Mágica from May 3rd to 12th. The 20-time Grand Slam Champion returns to the clay swing after a two year hiatus.
The Swiss Star is the second most successful player of all time at the Madrid Open with three titles. He picked up his first trophy in 2006 when the tournament was played on indoor hardcourt in October, his second in 2009 which was the first year in Caja Mágica and his third three seasons later in 2012.
Roger has 35 wins and just eight losses at the Mutua Madrid Open, where he has played some unforgettable matches. His 2003 semi-final against Juan Carlos Ferrero, his first title match, where he saw off Fernando González, the two finals against Rafael Nadal (2009 and 2010) and the last match he played against Nick Kyrgios in 2015, among others, all now form part of the tournament’s folklore.
“Federer is one of the best players of all time, it’s no secret”, said Feliciano López, the Director of the Mutua Madrid Open. “We are happy because his return to Madrid is a gift to the tournament, but above all the fans will be able to see a unique player in the Caja Mágica. Having the Swiss player back on clay with Djokovic and Nadal is going to be unmissable”.
“Roger’s presence in the Caja Mágica will make this year’s Mutua Madrid Open special”, said Manolo Santana, Honorary President of the tournament. “It doesn’t matter that he’s 37 because he still has that unmistakable class; the innate talent that has made him one of the best of all time. Being able to enjoy his tennis is something that no fan of the sport should miss”.
With 71 days to go until the start of the Mutua Madrid Open, Roger has tennis-lovers excited to see the Swiss back in the Caja Mágica!
January 20, 2019 -- Melbourne, Australia
Facing the hard working, feisty Greek player, Stefanos Tsitsipas for the second time this month, Roger was challenged in his Round of 16 match in front of an electric Aussie crowd.
Tsitsipas played without any fear and seemed to have an answer for anything the Swiss Star threw at him. The Next Gen player defeated the defending champion 6-7(13), 7-6(3), 7-5, 7-6(5). Roger just couldn't find a way to break and went 0-12 on break points.
Despite taking the loss and breaking a 17-match win streak at the Australian Open, Roger had only the best to say about the up and coming player, “He’s done a really nice job, the last year and a half – before that, too. Beating Novak [Djokovic] in Toronto, the likes of [Kevin] Anderson and [Alexander] Zverev, now me here: that’s what you need to do to get to the next level. He’s doing that. I see him definitely being high up in the game for a long time. That was a good night for him tonight.”
Next up for Roger will be the Dubai Championships at the end of February.