Why Roger Federer is marking a return to clay?


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Why Roger Federer is marking a return to clay?

Roger Federer is on the hunt for his 100th career title, a goal that would only be furthering the achievements of his incredible career. After losing the fourth round of the Australian Open 2019 to Stefanos Tsitsipas, the Swiss will again be among the protagonists in Dubai, Indian Wells and the Miami Masters.

On playing surfaces on which he always expresses great tennis. The Swiss appeared in a good athletic shape in Melbourne. His loss against Tsitsipas cannot be an alarm bell. Federer wasted an infinite number of breakpoints, so his debacle was the result of technical errors and, perhaps, a lack of competitive nastiness.

Quality that will surely come back soon; winning 100 career titles and winning again on clay could be some of the last goals of his career. Federer made a detour from what had become his tactic since he made a comeback from injury, at the start of the 2017 season.

He skipped playing on clay entirely in 2017-18 in order to keep himself fresher during the grass season. The decision paid well in 2017 as he won his 19th Slam title at Wimbledon. But, in 2018, he was not able to defend his title at the Championships and lost in the quarter-final to Kevin Anderson (after having match point).

This year, Federer decided to go all-in and make a return to the surface in which he last played in 2016. This year, in addition to the French Open, Federer will play another event: the Madrid Open after specifying that the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters arrives too early for him.

Surely he will want to go back to play and have fun on clay too, in order to remain competitive and create other chances to reach his 100th career title. But there could also be another reason. These are only assumptions, of course, but if Federer were to retire after the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, or at the end of 2020, then surely he will try to play all the biggest events and try to get the last incredible achievements of his amazing and immortal career.

Whether this is one of the reasons or not, finally, after two years, we would be seeing the Swiss also play on the most prestigious clay events.