Richard Krajicek: 'Roger Federer contacted me the day after Melbourne'

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Richard Krajicek: 'Roger Federer contacted me the day after Melbourne'

Interviewed by Dutch media, Richard Krajicek commented on Roger Federer's unexpected appearance at the ABN Amro Open in Rotterdam, next week. 'The day after the Australian Open final, I got a mail from Roger's management where they expressed the desire to play in Rotterdam.

He took the final decision in the week prior to the tournament: (on Wednesday) Tony (Godsick) called me saying that Roger felt in perfect shape and confirmed his presence.' The day after the first Grand Slam of the year ended, Federer had spoken only about the chance of playing in Dubai that ends on March 3rd.

On March 5th, he will play a charity match in San José, then Indian Wells and Miami. It would have been too many events in a short time. 'We are excited that Roger has chosen to come to Rotterdam at the last minute,' Krajicek added. 'After his fantastic result at the Australian Open, it's a fantastic news that he decided to join us.' The effects of his announcement have already started reflecting: there are no more tickets available for the night session of quarter-finals on Friday and for the final on Sunday.

Krajicek also added that Alexander Zverev, Stan Wawrinka and Grigor Dimitrov (who withdrew from the Sofia Open last week due to a shoulder injury) are expected to come as they have booked practice courts. ALSO READ: Gael Monfils says Roger Federer is the 'gentleman of tennis'