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Roger Federer will return to action in the German Open in Hamburg on Wednesday in a bid to bounce back from his Wimbledon disappointment.
The Swiss star’s bid to retain the Wimbledon crown fell apart in the second round as he was beaten by Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky, who was ranked the world number 116 at the time.
In the past Federer has taken a long break after Wimbledon, having won the title seven times since 2003, but the 31-year-old has decided to compete in Hamburg for the first time since 2008 following his shock exit at SW19.
Federer won the title in Hamburg in 2002 before he landed the first of his 17 Grand Slam titles and the former world number one is looking forward to returning to the clay-court event in Germany.
“I had milestone victories here, other milestones where I thought I learned a lot. I took the right decisions, I took the wrong decisions, but reacted the right way,” said Federer, the current world number five.
“So for me to come back to Hamburg after losing at Wimbledon, which allows me to play this schedule now, is an interesting situation. I really hope I can do well, win as many matches as possible and hopefully compete for the title here in Hamburg.”
Federer dropped out of the top four for the first time in 11 years following his loss to Stakhovsky in London last month and will take on German Daniel Brands in the second round on Wednesday.