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Federer returns to where it all began

ESPN staff
July 3, 2013
Roger Federer will return to action at the Swiss Open © PA Photos

Roger Federer will try to move on from his stunning Wimbledon loss by playing at the clay-court Swiss Open, where he made his debut as a 16-year-old.

Federer, who lost in the second round last Wednesday against Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky, said on Tuesday on his official website that "I'm really looking forward to playing in front of my home fans."

Starting on July 22 at the ski resort of Gstaad, the Swiss Open is where Federer played his first top-tier tour match.

Federer wrote on his Twitter account that Gstaad "gave me my first wild card in '98!"

Then, the 702nd-ranked Wimbledon junior champion lost in straight sets to Lucas Arnold Ker of Argentina. Federer won the Gstaad title in 2004.

The Swiss Open is the lowest-ranked event the 31-year-old Federer will play this year.

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