Stuttgart Open: Roger Federer loses to Tommy Haas, 39, on grass

Stuttgart Open: Roger Federer loses to Tommy Haas, 39, on grass

Stuttgart Open: Roger Federer loses to Tommy Haas, 39, on grass

The top four seeded players - Federer, Grigor Dimitrov, Tomas Berdych and Lucas Pouille - received byes to the second round.

The 39-year-old Haas, who is playing his last season before retirement, saved nine of the 12 break points he faced and converted two of his three chances to deal the Swiss great just his second defeat of the season.

Also recording an enjoyable win was German veteran Tommy Haas, who advanced to the second round with a 6-3 4-6 7-5 win over Pierre-Hugues Herbert to book a farewell tour match with top seed Roger Federer.

"I am speechless, of course", Haas said.

With Nadal ending the clay portion of the season by thrashing Stan Wawrinka to claim his 10th French Open crown, Federer is now preparing to make his comeback as focus shifts towards the grass court swing.

"Playing Roger is always very special, especially on grass, especially here in Germany", he said.

After almost two hours of play, Haas capped a huge victory on his own serve. Haas is 4-13 against Federer in his career, but this is the first time he's beaten him since 2012.

The loss was the earliest for the seven-time Wimbledon victor in the decade and a half since he lost in the first round at the All England club as a teenager to Mario Ancic.

Today within a 15-minute period I can really assess and analyze why I've lost: was the opponent or me, the circumstances, was my game plan, and it's better this way. "But you never know what can happen". With Novak Djokovic searching for his best tennis and Murray returning to form and fitness, it promises to be a thrilling few months. "I'm happy I was able to do it one more time in Stuttgart".

Federer is considered a master on the surface, and it is the first time he has been defeated in his opening match at a grass-court tournament since losing to Mario Ancic at Wimbledon in 2002.

The was the oldest singles tie to be played on the Tour since 1982, when 30-year-old Ricardo Cano beat Luis Ayala, 49, in the Vina del March. Haas is playing his farewell season and will face Mischa Zverev in the quarter final.

Kohlschreiber fought back to surpass Steve Johnson 7-6 (7-3) 5-7 7-6 (8-6) while the sixth seeded Zverev beat qualifier Yannick Hanfmann 7-6 (7-1) 6-2.

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