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Roger Federer urged to make Rotterdam return by former Wimbledon champion

Roger Federer backhand AO

Tournament Director Richard Kraijcek has urged Roger Federer to make his long-awaited comeback at Rotterdam this year.

Federer has a special affiliation with Rotterdam since it was there where he last became world number one back in 2018.

The Swiss ace, who is now 39-years-old, has been out of action since last January after requiring double knee surgery during 2020.

He planned on making his comeback at the upcoming Australian Open, although he later abandoned those plans - reportedly due to being unwilling to be away from his family for so long at such a difficult time.

However, he insists he is still on track to return in the early part of this season, and former Wimbledon champion Kraijcek hopes it is in Rotterdam.

“If he knows that February 8 will be too soon to return, how can he know if he will return on March 1?” Kraijcek said.

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“Although playing the best of three sets is different from doing it to the best of five as in the Grand Slam.

“Roger Federer knows that he is well received in Rotterdam. With the Big Three, you hope that the manager will contact you to tell you that they want to play here, but I can drop an email just in case.

“I cannot consider Federer’s appearance a guarantee. I am aware that it may be too early for Federer to make a commitment just yet.

“He also likes to play in Dubai. Now, after Rotterdam, come the Doha and Dubai tournaments. Federer can make that choice too.”

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