• Swiss player has not played on clay for two years
• Federer will be in the draw for tournament in May
Roger Federer has confirmed his participation for this year’s Madrid Open on Wednesday, marking his return to the European clay court season after two years away.
The 20-times grand slam title winner has not played since his defeat by Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Australian Open last 16 in January. Federer, whose sole French Open title came in 2009, has preferred to skip the European clay events over the past two seasons to manage his schedule. The 37-year-old Swiss is the second most successful player at the Caja Mágica behind Rafa Nadal, winning three titles in 2006, 2009 and 2012.