Roger Federer is signed up to play the Madrid Masters 1000. It would be his return to brick dust, three weeks from Roland Garros. There, in the Spanish capital, the Swiss has a rich history.
Federer won 37 games and lost 9 in Madrid, taking three titles.
The first title was in 2006, when he beat three Latin Americans: Nicolás Massú in the second round, David Nalbandian in the semifinals and Fernando González in the definition.
A year later, Federer would return to the final but this time he would meet an enlightened Nalbandian, who won 1-6, 6-3 and 6-3. In that week, King David accomplished something epic: he beat the Big 3 in the same week.
In 2008, Roger beat Juan Martín del Potro in the quarterfinals and fell to Andy Murray in the semis. In 2009, he would win the semifinals against Del Potro to return to the final and win it against the king of brick dust, Rafael Nadal, 6-4 and 6-4.
But Nadal would take revenge in Madrid: the manacorí won the final in 2010 (6-4 and 7-6 (5)) and the semifinal in 2011 (5-7, 6-1 and 6-3).
In 2012, Federer would win his third and final title in Madrid. It was the year of the blue brick dust and in the definition he beat Tomas Berdych 3-6, 7-5 and 7-5.
Roger would play the Madrid Masters 1000 three more times: in 2013, he lost to Nishikori in the round of 16; in 2015 he lost a great game against Nick Kyrgios (6-7 (2), 7-6 (5) and 7-6 (12)) in the second round; In 2019 he reached the quarterfinals, where Dominic Thiem beat him in three sets.
At 39 years old and without powder tennis since 2019, Federer will once again step on the Magic Box.