Halle Westfalen, Germany:
Roger Federer insisted Sunday that he remains fascinated by tennis despite suffering his worst French Open campaign in a decade and with just one Grand Slam title to his name in his last 17 majors.
The 32-year-old Swiss kicks-off his grasscourt campaign in Halle this week where he will be seeking a seventh trophy to provide a timely boost ahead of his latest assault on Wimbledon where he has been champion on seven occasions.
"It's great to return to Halle where I have so many fond memories and where I have something to defend," said Federer.
Halle was the site of his only title in 2013 and is the tournament where he first appeared in 2005 as a 19-year-old.
But he arrives in Germany still smarting from his fourth round exit to Ernests Gulbis at the French Open, his earliest exit from Roland Garros since a third round loss in 2004.
Despite that loss, Federer said he is no mood to retire.