Roger Federer considers return to clay court action

Federer

Federer

Federer could regain the world no.1 spot this week if he reaches the semi-finals of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

Federer also discussed his plans for the upcoming clay-court swing, which he skipped completely past year on the way to winning his eighth Wimbledon title.

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"So far I'm happy, I'm doing everything well, practising, playing matches, practising again".

"I played at the Australian Open not thinking about the rankings, but I knew I had the flexibility in February over my calendar", Federer said.

Former champions in the field are Wawrinka (2015), Berdych (2014), and Federer (2012, '05).

Two-time Rotterdam champion Federer could potentially meet fellow compatriot Stan Wawrinka in the quarter-finals.

A good number of tennis punters are hoping that Roger would repeat his Australian open performance at Wimbledon, and are already planning to make use of various Wimbledon free bets to make the most of this possibility.

As it turns out, Federer is not done yet and is hungrier for more. I thought that by not winning the World Tour Finals that the No1 was never going to happen again, or was going to be out of sight. He joked with Nadal at the Australian Open trophy ceremony a year ago that neither had expected to return so soon and so successfully from their respective injuries when they had met at the Rafa Nadal Academy the previous October, and here they were, champion and runner-up.

Out to stop Federer's progress will be second seed Grigor Dimitrov, victor of the London year-end showpiece in November and an Australian Open quarterfinalist. In 2016, Novak [Djokovic] and Andy [Murray] were in their prime. I can't believe it myself. Rafa was young enough to come back and be very, very strong.

"I've won three slams now in 12 months".

This evening the 36-year-old will face Belgian Ruben Bemelmans in the first round for the right to play Philipp Kohlschreiber in the next round.

Federer, though, is not the only "veteran" player in the Rotterdam draw. At 36, Federer has reclaimed a level of excellence we haven't seen since he was 28, and he seemed old by tennis standards even then. He begins his campaign in Rotterdam against unknown Dutch wildcard Tallon Griekspoor. "It's exciting to see Stan in my section and it's great to have him back (after knee surgery in July)".

"I should be playing when I feel that way and not play when I don't feel at 100 per cent or don't feel ready to do it".

Meanwhile, Nadal, who retired from the Australian Open with a leg injury, is not scheduled to return to play until Acapulco, ATP 500 event in three weeks.

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