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Federer leads Halle line-up

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Roger Federer will finalise his Wimbledon preparations this week, as he leads a strong field at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle. 

Eight-time winner Federer is looking to bounce back after a shock defeat to German veteran Tommy Haas in Stuttgart last week - his first competitive action after a 10-week break.

The 18-time Grand Slam champion took that defeat in his stride but as he targets Wimbledon title number eight he will hope to return to his best in the tournament where he has enjoyed unrivalled success.

Federer holds the record for most overall titles (eight - 2003-06, 2008, 2013-15) and most consecutive titles (four), as well as most finals (ten, 2003-06, 2008, 2010, 2012-15).

The tournament gets underway on Monday and live coverage begins on Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports Mix from 11am and continues throughout the week. For the full schedule, head to Tennis on Sky for more.

Saturday's draw has handed Federer a first round match Yen-Hsun Lu, a man he has a 100% record against having won all three matches they have played.

Mischa Zverev looks his most likely second round opponent with Lucas Pouille, a finalist in Stuttgart, his seeded quarter-final match-up.

Third seed Kei Nishikori will hope to make the last four but given the Japanese' struggles on grass, big serving Gilles Simon and Ivo Karlovic could be more likely semi-final opponents.

Federer was beaten by Alexander Zverev in the semi-final last year, and the German is also part of this year's line up where four of the world's top ten continue their grass court tune-up for Wimbledon which starts on July 2 this year.

Zverev, the world no 10 and fourth seed, is in the bottom half of the draw and faces Paolo Lorenzi in the first round, while second seed will face a qualifier in his opening match

The most intriguing tie of the first round is the all-French clash between Gael Monfils and Richard Gasquet but all eyes will be on Federer as he looks to build on a magnificent start to the season.

Federer's defeat to Haas was only his second of a season which has so far seen him claim the Australian Open as well as Indian Wells and Miami Masters titles.

Victory on his favourite service in one of his favourite tournaments would set him up perfectly for his trip to London where he hasn't won the title since 2012 and given his season so far that fairytale does not look to be beyond him.

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