Roger Federer's return to Hamburg delights Michael Stich

Federer suffered a shock second-round Wimbledon exit to Sergiy Stakhovsky and has a bye to face either Italy's Paolo Lorenzi or Germany's Daniel Brand, neither of whom are ranked in the world's top 50, in Hamburg's second round.

updated: July 14, 2013 22:57 IST
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Berlin: Tournament director Michael Stich has said he is delighted tennis star Roger Federer has returned, after a five-year absence, to help boost the profile of the Hamburg ATP clay-court event which starts Monday.

The 31-year-old, who last played at Hamburg when he lost the 2008 final to Rafael Nadal, is using Hamburg and the Gstaad tournament, which starts on July 22, to bounce back from his shock Wimbledon exit ahead of next month's US Open.

Having last held Masters status on the ATP tour back in 2008, Hamburg has since been demoted to a World Tour 500 event, which has seen spectator numbers dwindle.

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