First he won’t play, now he will.

Roger Federer has announced he will compete next week at the ATP Masters Monte Carlo, after initially announcing it didn’t fit into his French Open preparation.

“We never lost hope that he would play,” said Tournament Director Zejlko Franulovic.

Federer had initially only signed up to play Masters events in Rome and Madrid as preparation for the French. Federer’s mind was perhaps swayed by his racquet-smashing meltdown against Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of the Masters Miami last week.

The Swiss former No. 1 has yet to win the Masters Monte Carlo title, and hasn’t won a title in 2009.

Current world No. 1 Rafael Nadal is shooting for his fifth consecutive Masters Monte Carlo title, defeating Federer in the last three.

The closest to Nadal’s streak in Monte Carlo is Ilie Nastase, who won from 1971-73. Five players have won back-to-back title in Monte Carlo: Nastase, Bjorn Borg (1979-80), Thomas Muster (1995-96), Juan Carlos Ferrero (1995-96), and Nadal (2005-08).

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