Three-time champion Roger Federer signs up for Madrid Masters
Seventeen-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer will continue his preparation for the French Open next month by taking part in the Madrid Masters
Madrid: Seventeen-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer will continue his preparation for the French Open next month by taking part in the Madrid Masters next week, tournament officials confirmed on Thursday.
"The Madrid Open can count upon the presence of Roger Federer," said a statement on the tournament's website.
"Federer is one of the best tennis players in history and Madrid is a special place for him," said tournament director Manolo Santana.
"We are delighted to be able to once again count on his presence at the Caja Magica."
The world number three had initially planned to skip the fourth Masters series event of the season to reserve his energy for the three remaining Grand Slams and Rio Olympics later in the year.
However, the Swiss's plans have changed having missed nearly three months of the season due to knee surgery, including the Masters series events in Indian Wells and Miami.
Federer will be joined in the Spanish capital by world number one Novak Djokovic, defending champion Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal fresh from his wins in Monte Carlo and Barcelona.
The 34-year-old is a three-time winner in Madrid having claimed the title in 2006, 2009 and 2012.
Murray, now down at 116 in the world, lost to 158th-ranked Roman Safiullin of Russia, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1.
Murray, now ranked at 113, swept to a convincing 6-3, 6-3 victory over Vasek Pospisil, his fifth win against the Canadian in six meetings.
Murray, who underwent right hip surgery in 2017 and again 2019, lost in five sets to third-ranked Stefanos Tsitsipas in the first round in New York, where the Scot won the third of his major titles in 2012.