French Open to be Federer's only clay-court appearance in 2020

Roger Federer

Roger Federer

"As his agenda says, he plans to play only Roland Garros", he stated.

The news comes from Swiss journalist Rene Stauffer, who "confirmed" that Roland Garros is nearly certainly going to be Federer's only clay court tournament this year. Roland Garros will be the only brick powder tournament Roger Federer will play this season.

Last year, he played only two tournaments on the surface before arriving in Paris for the French Open.

Thus, he dominated out that he will play the Mutua Madrid Open and the 1,000 Masters in Rome, as had been speculated.

Proving his class and quality yet again, Roger used a favorable draw (no players from the top-60) to reach the quarters without losing a set, beating Stan Wawrinka there in four tight sets to advance into the semis and set another encounter with Rafael Nadal, 14 years after their first Roland Garros semi-final.

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The 38-year-old Swiss is playing in the last few years, however, the tournaments, and, in particular, graveltoernooien.

Unlike his main rivals, Federer, who won the last of his 20 Grand Slam titles in 2018 at the Australian Open, opted out of the inaugural ATP Cup in Australia to spend time with his family before launching his 22nd season on Tour.

"I still believe that I am a Grand-Slam to win it", said Federer after his last month in the semi-finals of the Australian Open: lost to Novak Djokovic. The March 25-April 5 Miami Masters hardcourt tournament is the last on his schedule before that.

The Swiss will defend his title at the Dubai Open next week before playing at the BNP Paribas Open next month in California.

Nadal won that one 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 en route to his 12th Major on beloved clay, with Federer waiting for another chance of chasing the trophy in Paris, winning it only once in 2009 when he completed a Career Grand Slam.

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