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Tennis: Roger Federer beaten by 39-year-old Tommy Haas on Stuttgart return

Roger Federer was stunned by Tommy Haas on his return to active tennis at the Stuttgart grass court tournament as the current Australian Open champion’s preparations for Wimbledon suffered a massive setback.

tennis Updated: Jun 14, 2017 22:32 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
Roger Federer,Tommy Haas,AFP Stuttgart
Roger Federer lost 2-6, 7-6(10), 6-4 to former world number two Tommy Haas. (AFP)

Roger Federer suffered a shock defeat to 39-year-old Tommy Haas at the Stuttgart grass court tournament on Wednesday in the Swiss great’s first match after almost three months out of action.

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.

Federer, building up for an assault on an eighth Wimbledon title, hadn’t played since March and skipped the entire clay court season.

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It was just the second defeat of 2017 for 35-year-old Federer, who claimed the Australian Open for his 18th major in January,

“It’s always special to play a close friend like Roger on grass, always lots of emotion,” said Haas.

“I saved a match point in the second set so was able to play more freely after that.

“I even shocked myself.”

First Published: Jun 14, 2017 22:30 IST