Thiemo de Bakker delighted after practice session with Roger Federer


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Thiemo de Bakker delighted after practice session with Roger Federer

Netherland's Thiemo de Bakker enjoyed practicing with the great Roger Federer over the weekend. The two practiced together on the center court of Rotterdam. Federer and de Bakker know each other very well as the Swiss has four wins and zero losses against De Bakker.

"It remains beautiful and impressive to face him," de Bakker said on practicing with Federer.

Federer, who debuted in Rotterdam long ago in 1999, is set to play at the event for the first time since 2013.

The 36-year-old has been drawn to meet Belgian qualifier Ruben Bemelmans in round one. The Swiss will be extra motivated this week as he will dethrone Spain's Rafael Nadal from the No. 1 spot if he reaches the semi-finals.

Two-time Rotterdam champion Federer could potentially meet fellow compatriot Stan Wawrinka in the quarter-finals. On the other side, de Bakker is set to clash against fellow compatriot Robin Haase in the first round. World No.

353 de Bakker is featuring the Rotterdam main draw for the ninth time in his career. The 29-year-old could meet Federer in the quarter-finals if he beats Haase and either Wawrinka or Tallon Griekspoor in the last-16. Also read: Tomas Berdych retires from Davis Cup .