Roger Federer looks forward more and more to compete again. The Swiss has not been competing since the Miami Open in late March when he lost to the Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis in the opening round. Federer will make his comeback in Stuttgart that takes place from 11 to 17 June, and now another confirmation came: the world No.
2 officially committed to play the ATP 500 of Halle that takes place from 18 to 24 June. He will seek a historical tenth title which would equal Rafael Nadal's 10 Roland Garros (by now). The Spaniard leads the list of players who won most times in a single event with 11 triumphs in Monte Carlo and Barcelona.
Last year Federer defeated in the final Alexander Zverev, who had lost in the last round in 2016 as well to Florian Mayer. Halle signed a two-year contract with Dominic Thiem and Hyeon Chung to play not only in 2018 but in 2019 as well.
Kei Nishikori keeps being an important player for the event as he comes from a big country like Japan. The new entry is John Isner, the fourth and last top 10 players in the competition. The 2011 Champion Philipp Kohlschreiber, Lucas Pouille who won in Stuttgart last year his first title on grass, but also Next Gen players like Borna Coric and last year's semifinalist Karen Khachanov, beaten by Federer, will play. The overall field is definitely weaker than Queen's, but it's a very competitive one.