Some surprising news here as Roger has just announced he will be taking a wildcard into next weeks Rotterdam Open.
Most of us were assuming Indian Wells was his next tournament after his schedule was recently updated with no mention of Dubai after his contract there ran out. However, another update has just gone live on his official website to announce his participation at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament event stating:
Roger has decided to participate in the 45th Rotterdam Tournament which begins February 12th. This will be Roger's 9th appearance and he won the tournament in 2005 and 2012.
Federer followed up with:
The tournament is special for me. I remember playing for the first time in 1999 as it was one of the first events where I got the chance to play at the highest level. It feels good to join in the celebrations of the 45th edition.
So not something I really expected given Rotterdam's proximity to the Australian Open but Fed is obviously feeling in good shape and fancies his chances here to bag some ranking points.
What do you guys think? Good idea? I have fond memories of 2012 with that super backhand pass vs Davydenko in the second set which basically kick-started his season and I've watched there live too so I'm looking forward to it.
I'm also reliably informed by the tournament director that all his matches will be played indoors as well which is great news 🙂 Let me know your thoughts in the comments.