The 35-year-old tennis star has continued his fairy tale run after beating Rafa in Miami open on Sunday and he will probably skip the upcoming European clay court season
Miami Open winner Roger Federer said on Sunday he will probably skip the upcoming European clay court season to rest his body and get ready for the French Open.
This seems to be a great decision from the player who won 18 Grand slams in his career and managed to register his class by winning in all three tournaments (Australian open, BNP Paribas open and Miami open 2017) since his comeback from 6 month injury break.
Federer has been captured saying in the interviews after his comeback in Australian open that his goal for this season is to be in top 8 but its looks like that Federer has already transcended his goal way too early after finishing at no. 4 beating Rafael Nadal on Sunday.
The season has been a fairy tale for Federer as expressed by the legend himself. Not seeing him play for 2 months is a little disappointment for his fans keeping in mind the quintessential tennis Federer is showing on the court . But taking rest and giving his body a chance to recover over the next two months before the three grand slam championships that come in quick succession is a worthy decision.
“I want to stay healthy because when I’m healthy and feeling good I can produce tennis like this,” the 18-times grand slam champion said in a courtside interview after defeating Rafa Nadal.
“I’m not 24 anymore so things have to change in a big way and I probably won’t play any clay court events except the French. I need a rest, my body needs healing. I need time to prepare.”
Federer said he was confident he could continue to produce top tennis as long as his body co-operated.
“When I’m healthy and I’m feeling good, I can produce tennis like this. If I’m not feeling this good there’s no chance I would be in the final competing with Rafa.
“That’s why this break coming into clay court season and focusing everything on the French, the grass (Wimbledon) and then the hardcourts (U.S. Open) is going to be the key to me.”