Roger Federer’s Rotterdam Open gets underway this evening with the Swiss star looking to win the tournament for only the second time in his career.
This will be the 36-year-old’s first competitive match since he won his 20th Grand Slam with victory over Marin Cilic at the Australian Open last month.
Standing in his way is world No 116, Ruben Bemelmans, with play due to start around 6.30pm UK time.
Federer has the chance to regain his world No 1 spot from Rafael Nadal by reaching the semi-finals and the Swiss can’t wait to get started.
“You’ve got to be sharp, explosive, quick in your decision-making,” he said.
“Very similar to fast-court tennis outdoors like in Australia for instance.
Roger Federer takes on Ruben Bemelmans in the ATP Rotterdam Open
Mon, February 12, 2018
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“Sometimes people struggle with the light. The artificial light for some makes it very difficult to see the ball whereas outdoors maybe it’s more clear, I’m not sure.
“I think playing aggressive, playing forward and taking charge of the point is definitely what you should be doing indoors."
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