Agent Tony Godsick confirmed to Swiss tennis writer Rene Stauffer that the rumors of Roger Federer playing at the Masters 1000 events in Madrid and Rome this year are not true. After recovering from a knee surgery he underwent in 2016, the Swiss made some adjustments in his schedule as he skipped the entire clay season in 2017 and 2018.
The 38-year-old made his return to clay last year as he made back-to-back quarterfinals in Madrid and Rome before he was beaten in the semifinal at Roland Garros by record 12-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal. The Swiss likely won't play in Madrid and Rome this year but he hasn't ruled out playing at the French Open for the second consecutive year.
Federer carefully chooses which tournaments he wants to play as this year he has only played at the Australian Open, where he made the semifinal before losing to eventual champion Novak Djokovic. Federer, ranked at No. 3 in the world, is expected to return to action at the end of this month in Dubai and then play at the Masters 1000 events in Indian Wells and Miami.