World number two Roger Federer has had his hopes of Stuttgart Open glory increased after several stars withdrew from the tournament, the Daily Express report.

Hyeon Chung and David Ferrer, who both would have been seeded in Stuttgart, have pulled out of the tournament along with Marco Cecchinato who reached the semi-finals of the French Open.

Federer hasn’t competed since his surprise Miami Open loss to Thanasi Kokkinakis. He decided shortly after that loss that he would skip the clay-court season to concentrate on being fully fit for the grass events, something he did last year.

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The 36-year-old is looking to win his 98th singles title in Germany, however, the Swiss legend will still face fierce competition from the likes of Lucas Pouille, Tomas Berdych, Nick Kyrgios and Denis Shapovalov.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion will be hoping that his clay-court break will have the same effect as last year, where he went on to take the Wimbledon title.