Fed­erer gets a rude wel­come in re­turn from break

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Roger Fed­erer was beaten on his re­turn from a two-month break, los­ing 2-6, 7-6 (8), 6-4 to Ger­man vet­eran Tommy Haas in the sec­ond round of the Stuttgart Open on Wed­nes­day in Ger­many.

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 his sec­ond de­feat of the sea­son.

“I’ve even shocked my­self a bit,” said Haas, who is ranked 302nd and was given a wild card for the grass­court tour­na­ment.

Fed­erer hadn’t played since win­ning the Mi­ami Open in early April. The 35-year-old Swiss had skipped the clay-court sea­son to re­cu­per­ate from a busy start to the year in which he cap­tured his 18th Grand Slam event ti­tle at the Aus­tralian Open.

Also, Philipp Kohlschreiber up­set fifth-seeded Steve John­son of the United States 7-6 (3), 5-7, 7-6 (6).

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