Roger Federer posted a quick update and a picture on his facebook page yesterday. “Arrived in Monte Carlo yesterday…on my way to another practice
session. Time for the clay court season!”
Federer will begin the clay season at his lowest seeding since 2002. Federer will play the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters seeded No. 3 behind No. 1 Rafael Nadal and No. 2 Novak Djokovic.
Federer, who lost in the semifinals of the his two events to Djokovic at Indian Wells and Nadal at Miami, hasn’t won a title since Doha the opening week of the season.
“I’m excited going Monaco now,” Federer said after his loss to Nadal last week. “I’m going to fly there directly and prepare as well as I can for the clay court season. It’s a big swing coming up now in Europe, so that’s the mindset. Yeah, I want to do well and I want to do better. I got the opportunity in a couple weeks already.”
Federer and wife Mirka Vavirnec will celebrate their second wedding anniversary during the event on Monday, April 11.
Federer is scheduled to play Madrid and then Rome in lead up to the 2011 French Open which begins on May 23.
During his 2010 clay campaign, Federer was a second round at Rome (Gulbis), semifinalist at Estoril (Montanes), finallist at Madrid (Nadal) and quarterfinal at French Open (Soderling). He is defending a total of 1,330 rankings points (not including Estoril which is not counted right now).
Federer has never won Monte Carlo, losing in the finals to Nadal 2006-2008. In his last showing he was defeated by Stanislas Wawrinka in the second round at the 2009 event.
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