Roger Federer happy to return to clay after three-year hiatus

first_img Next Reuters MadridMay 6, 2019UPDATED: May 6, 2019 17:03 IST Roger Federer will be returning to clay surface at the Madrid Open. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRoger Federer will be returning to clay surface at the Madrid Open this weekFederer last competed at clay in Rome in May 2016Federer, 37, said he will not burden himself with expectaions on this surfaceFormer world number one Roger Federer said he was glad he made the decision to return to clay courts as he prepares for the Madrid Open this week, three years after his last match on the surface.Federer had skipped the clay court season the past two years since last competing in Rome in May 2016 but confirmed his participation for the tournament in Madrid earlier this year.”I’m happy that the decision I took last December, when I started feeling like I definitely want to play on the clay, was the right one,” Federer, 37, told reporters.”I haven’t looked back yet during the clay court build-up, thinking, ‘Ah, maybe I shouldn’t have.’ I’m happy I’m here, I’m happy I am on the surface.”It takes some time getting used to how to construct the points a little bit more because there is more baseline (play), a possibility to play with more angles and height. It’s been interesting and fun, but not so challenging.”Federer, who recently won his 101st singles title in Miami, is the tournament’s fourth seed behind world number one Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Alexander Zverev.However, the 20-times Grand Slam singles champion said he was not trying to burden himself with expectations when he steps out on court at the Caja Magica.”It will be interesting to see how this tournament goes,” Federer added. “I do not have high expectations in some ways.”But at the same time I also know that things are possible. Madrid always plays fast with the altitude here. I’m intrigued to find out.”advertisementHaving received a bye to the second round, Federer will play the winner of the match between France’s Richard Gasquet and Spanish teenager Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, who reached the semi-final of the Estoril Open last week.Also Read | Maria Sharapova pulls out of Italian Open with shoulder injuryAlso Read | Simona Halep favourite to win French Open: Justine HeninAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Roger FedererFollow Madrid OpenFollow Grand SlamFollow French Open Roger Federer happy to return to clay after three-year hiatusAfter missing the clay court season for the past two years, Roger Feder will be returning to the same at the Madrid Open. Federer, who has won 20 Grand Slams, has only one French Open title, which is a clay-court tournament.advertisementlast_img

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