When Roger Federer said he would play again tournaments on clay-courts, we were all very surprised. In fact, the Swiss Maestro decided, in the last two seasons, to completely skip the clay-season, appearing at the grass-courts, especially in 2017, fresh, rested and winning.
At 37-years-old, seeing Federer on any tennis courts is a gift for all lovers of this sport; needless to deny it, the Swiss's career will not be eternal, therefore, every opportunity to see him play is good for the whole sports world.
But talking about purely tactical and technical questionnaires, was Federer's choice to play the 2019 clay-season a right choice or a wrong choice? He played three tournaments: Madrid, Rome and the Roland Garros. He made the quarter-finals in Spain and Italy, withdrawing due to physical problems, and the semi-finals in Paris, losing to Rafael Nadal. On balance, his clay swing was positive, but will the energy used and wasted affect his grass season? For now, the answer is no.
Federer won his 10th title in Halle, reaching his 13th final in Germany, his fourth seasonal final. Showing overall a good level of tennis, in preparation for Wimbledon. This year Federer will play only two tournaments on grass-courts: Halle and Wimbledon, thus cutting off the Stuttgart tournament, and try the all-in between Halle and London.
He will rest until June 17, and in this time-frame Federer recovered all the physical and mental energy which he wasted during the clay season, where he played for three consecutive tournaments, using a lot of energy, especially at the Roland Garros.
He has shown in the last two years that age is only a relative factor when a player is able to manage body and proposing more offensive and aggressive tennis, The Swiss Maestro is ready to write his name again in the gold book of the tournament of Halle and then try, at Wimbledon, to give to his fans and to himself another artwork.