Roger Federer will be partnering up for doubles for the first time their career and will headline the night session on Monday. Five-time singles champion Roger Federer and two-time singles champ Tommy Haas are teaming up and will contest their first-round match on Monday evening against Jurgen Melzer and Philipp Petzschner. Federer played doubles last year in Davis Cup action and at the Olympics, but this is his first ATP tournament doubles appearance since Indian Wells in 2011 (finished runner-up with Stanislas Wawrinka). Haas owns a 5-8 doubles record this season with six different partners.
“I think he was looking to play doubles and knew that I was also looking,” Haas explained. “We talked about it and he was ready to go, so I’m very excited about it. It’s great to do this at this time in our careers. I hope we can focus, as we’ll probably have too much of a good time out there. It will be nice to play in front of some very enthusiastic fans and have a good doubles match against Melzer and Petzschner, who are Grand Slam champions. It should be fun.”
UPDATE: Highlights of first-round doubles match