In his first match on grass in nearly two years, Swiss Roger Federer made his debut yesterday at the ATP 500 Championships in Halle, which was played in Germany on grass.
For the first round, the winner of 20 Grand Slams and currently eighth in the world rankings beat Belarusian Ilya Ivashka 7-6 (4), 7-5.
Federer hasn’t played a grasscourt match since July 1, 2019, when he lost the Wimbledon final to Novak Djokovic.
In the second round, Federer will face the winner of the match between Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz and Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime.
Halle’s number one seed is Russia’s Daniil Medvedev, who will make his debut today against Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struve.
The only Argentine in the penalty area is Guido Bella of Bahia, who will start his campaign today against Slovakian Lucas Lako.
Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas made the decision to exit the ATP 500 in Halle, aiming to take a breather after reaching the final at Roland Garros, in which he lost to Novak Djokovic.
The current No. 4 for ATP arrangement is listed as the second classifier.
The place Tsitsipas left vacant will be occupied by German Yannick Hanfmann, seeded 99, who entered the table as a lucky loser, having lost in the final round of qualifying.