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Rain interrupts Federer's return

dpadpa 8/06/2016 Bill Scott,

Rain has left Roger Federer's return to tennis hanging with his clash with American teenager Taylor Fritz halted at 4-3 in the first set.

A massive rainstorm left Roger Federer's return to tennis hanging, with the match between the Swiss champion and American teenager Taylor Fritz halted at 4-3 in the first set of the second-round clash at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart.

The weather intervened in a big way, forcing cancellation of the rest of the day's programme at the hilltop Weissenhof club.

The 34-year-old Federer is competing for the first time since losing to Dominic Thiem in Rome a month ago while plagued by back pain.

The Swiss skipped the French Open and spent three weeks in putting himself right with his coaching and medical teams.

"Unfortunately we can't play today anymore, too much of this stuff," he wrote on Twitter, followed by several rain-related emojis.

"See you tomorrow @MercedesCup."

The match will resume on Thursday after third seed Thiem, now ranked seventh after the French Open semi-final, begins his grass week against Australian Sam Groth.

Second seed Marin Cilic was also caught out by the rain, his match against qualifier Radek Stepanek never even making it to a court.

Two Germans advanced before the storm moved through.

Seventh-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber used an explosion of late-match energy to best advantage after missing match points in his eventual 7-5 6-3 defeat of American Denis Kudla.

Florian Mayer, who missed a year with a knee injury several seasons ago, moved into his first quarter-final in a year as he defeated compatriot Michael Berrer 6-3 3-6 6-4.

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