London: Swiss maestro Roger Federer, whose return to the tennis court after a two-month layoff was cut short by Tommy Haas at the Stuttgart Open, is now aiming at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle to reignite his comeback and get into the groove before the Wimbledon gets underway on July 3.
Federer has won the Gerry Weber Open eight times, more than any other event and would be looking for a little confidence pick-up in his comeback.
"The history I have here, having come and played well so often, definitely should help me to play good tennis this week," Federer was quoted as saying by ATP website on Sunday.
"I love playing here. Yes, I think I can come in here with good confidence."
Federer, who was stunned 2-6 7-6(8) 6-4 by 302nd ranked German Tommy Haas, faces
The 35-year-old will be a heavy favourite against Lu, but after his surprise defeat to Haas in
"It's important for me, especially after the
"I'll have the right focus and mindset, that point-by-point mentality. That was a little bit off in
Speaking about his loss at the Stuttgart Open, the 18-time Grand Slam champion said, "It could have been better in
"It's a serve or a passing shot or a return that determines the outcome of the match. That's what it ended up being against Tommy, even though I felt I should have found a way home, having been a set and a break up," he added.
The Swiss maestro also has no regrets about missing the French Open to focus on
"Considering how well I felt going into
I was looking ahead to the grass season and enjoyed the time with my friends and family at home," he said.
"It was a decision that was taken within a couple of days. It wasn't something I saw myself doing weeks and months ahead of the tournament.
For a long time the schedule was to play
But it's not a trend that I might follow in the future. I don't know what the future holds. This was just a one-off decision," he added.