Friday, October 10, 2008

Federer to play Madrid Masters

World number two Roger Federer will play at next week's Madrid Masters, organizers said on Thursday.

Federer won the Madrid Masters in 2006 and was a finalist in 2007 in the event, which this year begins on Saturday with qualification matches and ends on October 19.

The Swiss had a layoff of two weeks as he skipped this week's Stockholm Open.

The tournament could pit Federer against Rafael Nadal for the first time since the Spaniard assumed the No. 1 ranking, which the Swiss star had held for a record 237 weeks.

Federer was knocked out of the Olympic tournament in Beijing before a potential matchup with Nadal, who won the gold medal.

The pair haven't met since Nadal ended Federer's bid for a sixth straight Wimbledon crown in June.

Source: Xinhua

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