02/09/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 02/09/2018 15:24
Roger Federer will play his first match during the 45th edition of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament on Wednesday evening at 7:30 PM against a qualifier. The draw of the anniversary edition was carried out in the Rotterdam City Hall by Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb and the tournament winner of Jan Siemerink. The duo provided a Dutch meeting in the opening round, as Robin Haase and Thiemo de Bakker, who were admitted with a wildcard, met at the center of Rotterdam Ahoy.
'Then at least we have a Dutchman in the second round,' tournament director Richard Krajicek joked. But Thiemo de Bakker is not so happy with the draw against his Davis Cup teammate: 'This is not the best draw. I do not mind playing against Robin, but in the second round or quarterfinals. You know at such a strong tournament as in Rotterdam that you will always meet a strong player. '
Grigor Dimitrov, the number four of the world ranking, starts in Ahoy with a duel against the Japanese Yuichi Sugita. In the first round of the biggest Dutch ATP tournament, Tallon Griekspoor can immediately sweep his chest, as the player admitted with a wildcard meets former tournament winner Stan Wawrinka. After his title in 2015, the Swiss will be back in the Maasstad for the first time. The opponent of defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is still unknown, as the Frenchman also plays against a qualifier. The winner of 2014, the Czech Tomas Berdych meets in the opening round the German service volley player Mischa Zverev.