Roger Federer returns to the ATP World Tour after nearly a month layoff, for the 2015 Shanghai Rolex Masters. The Swiss maestro flew in from Dubai yesterday, greeted by fans at the airport, before going straight to the practice courts with Tommy Haas. The defending champion is seeded second, receiving a first round bye. He will face either American Sam Querrey or a qualifier in the second round. Federer will have to shake off any rust in a hurry, as sixteenth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will likely be his third round opponent.
The 34-year-old Swiss is projected to face sixth seed Kei Nishikori or twelfth seed Kevin Anderson in the quarterfinals. A semifinal duel lurks against fourth seed Stan Wawrinka or eighth seed Rafael Nadal. Leading the top half of the draw are world #1 Novak Djokovic, third seed Andy Murray, fifth seed Tomas Berdych, and seventh seed David Ferrer.