The Swiss superstar Roger Federer is all set to return back to clay court after three years as he played his last match of clay court tournament at Rome in 2016. The 20-time grand slam champion will start his clay court tournament of the year with Madrid Open which is scheduled to be held this week.
The 101 times ATP title winner, Federer is reigning at the fourth position in the tournament seedings while Novak Djokovic is leading on the top-rank and Rafael Nadal along with Alexander Zverev holding second and third position respectively.
Federer expressed his joy of returning back to the court by saying, “I’m happy that the decision I took last December, when I started feeling like I definitely want to play on the clay, was the right one. I haven’t looked back yet during the clay court build-up, thinking, ‘Ah, maybe I shouldn’t have.’ I’m happy I’m here, I’m happy I am on the surface”.
Earlier in April, the 37-year-old clinched 101st title of his career at Miami Open 2019 against 33-year-old defending champion John Isner of United States. The tennis superstar thrashed the American by 6-1, 6-4 in the final showdown at Hard Rock Stadium. With this win, the veteran tennis champion clinched his 28th ATP Masters 1000 trophy and also won his fourth straight title of Miami Open.
Federer will next take on the winner of Estoril Open. The grand finale of Estroil Open will witness the exciting feud between Richard Gasquet of France and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain, who crossed the semi-final round last week.
Further, it will be interesting to see that how the clay court season will go for Federer as he doesn’t have any high expectation about the match.