Roger Federer will participate in the Mutua Madrid Open, which takes place in the Caja Mágica from 3 to 12 May. After two years without playing the clay swing, the Swiss player will be back in Madrid this season, choosing to play the fourth Masters 1000 of the year as one of his stops in the clay season.
Federer, the second most successful player of all time at the Mutua Madrid Open (three titles), picked up his first trophy (2006) when the tournament was played on indoor hardcourt in October, his second (2009) in the first year in the Caja Mágica and his third three seasons later (2012).
The 20-time Grand Slam champion has a total of 35 wins and eight defeats 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”.
Now, with 71 days to go until the start of the Mutua Madrid Open, Federer has tennis-lovers who were planning on making the trip to the tournament rubbing their hands with glee; in May, the Swiss will be back in the Caja Mágica having chosen the Spanish capital.