Tennis Player Roger Federer attends a news conference during the Mercedes Cup ATP World Tour tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, Monday, June 11, 2018. (Sebastian Gollnow/dpa via AP)
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Roger Federer said Monday that his motivation is sky-high as he bids for a possible return to the number one ranking if he reaches the final at the Stuttgart Cup.The 36-year-old Swiss, second in the ATP standings behind 11-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal, has it all to play for this week at the hilltop Weissenhof club, where he lost a year ago in the first round to longtime friend and rival Tommy Haas. Federer is beginning his grass season in Stuttgart for the third consecutive year after reaching the 2016 semifinals where he lost to Austrian player Dominic Thiem.Federer attempted to calm weekend speculation that he is about to sign a lucrative clothing contract with Japan's Uniqlo after his 10-year pact with Nike expired three months ago.
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