Roger Federer's call about Madrid appearance was great surprise - Santana



by LUIGI GATTO

Roger Federer's call about Madrid appearance was great surprise - Santana

The Mutua Madrid Open is about to start and this year will be a historical one for the tournament that will be run for the first time by the 37-year-old player Feliciano Lopez, who will replace the legend, Manolo Santana.

In an interview to Marca, Santana said he still be in the tournament' organization. "We will shape a great team with Feliciano Lopez", said Santana. "I will help him on some things and he will help me on other ones. We have a team of younger people who made Madrid one of the best events in the world.

Looking at the players' field, it will be a great tournament. I am looking forward to seeing Roger Federer on clay." Every year Santana used to welcome Nadal, Federer, Djokovic and the other players in the airport. Will he keep doing it? "Of course.

It was one of the pleasures of this job. I do not forget Rafa leaving the plane and taking himself his bags and putting it on the store." On Federer's comeback in Madrid, Santana concluded: "It was such a nice surprise when he called us to tell it.

It'big news for Madrid and all the fans." Mats Wilander praised David Ferrer, who will end his career in the Madrid Open next week. In an interview to Plaza Deportiva, the Swede said: "He is a legend. Maybe the best player who has never won a Grand Slam, but one of the best competitors ever. He is an inspiration for me. I love David", he concluded.

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