Roger Federer, who has just won a single French Open crown, is often judged harshly for his clay court numbers. The Swiss maestro’s lofty standards and unreal records on the hard and grass courts, overshadow his appreciable achievements on the dirt.
Most of them have mistaken Federer’s decision to skip clay as an indication that he is not confident enough on clay. Roger Federer has made it to five French Open finals, out of which he was dismissed by the king of clay Rafael Nadal, on four occasions. It was indeed Roger Federer who ended Rafel Nadal’s staggering 81 match win-streak on clay, in the finals of Hamburg. Despite all of this, Federer is often an unfamiliar name, in the clay court discussions.
However, Federer revealed that his decision to include clay in his schedule in 2019, would only depend on two factors. “This year I wanted to know early so that I could plan”, Roger Federer. “For next year I’d like to know it even earlier so that I know how to prepare”, he continued. “Quite personally, it’s related with the family planning and with my body”, said Federer.“These two things.”That’s why I want to discuss it with the team in the coming weeks.”
Federer, will feature at the Hopman cup next, before he sets his eyes on yet another Australian open crown. Federer spoke about how Australia has been an important part of his career. “I love playing in Australia so much”, he said. “I’ve been inspired so much by the Australians players like Tony Roche”, he continued. “Loved watching Pat Rafter, Peter Carter of course, my former coach who died unfortunately, so the country means a lot to me as well as the tournament and I can’t wait to play there”, he concluded.
He will pair up with Swiss youngster Belinda Bencic, to face the American duo of Serena Williams and Frances Tiafoe. Serena Williams will be returning after cutting short her 2018 season, after a disappointing finals loss against rising star Naomi Osaka at the flushing meadows.