In Midst Of 8-Month Title Drought, Roger Federer Says He’s Going To Hit The Practice Courts
by Tom Gainey | May 10th, 2013, 10:30 am

A tough season just got tougher for Roger Federer yesterday. The defending champion Federer was sent out of the tournament in the third round by Kei Nishikori 64, 16, 62 at the Mutua Madrid Masters.

At 31, Federer’s cut back on his schedule but his results aren’t showing any improvement. In fact they are getting worse. He hasn’t reached a final this season and he hasn’t won a title since Cincinnati last summer. Despite this 8-month title drought Federer isn’t getting down.

“I feel like I want to go to the practice courts this afternoon, but clearly I’m not going to do that. I’m going to make sure I’m going to be as well prepared as I can be for Rome. I’ll sit together tonight or tomorrow with the team and discuss what the plan is for the next few days and weeks now. So I’m excited for that, because clearly I have no choice but to hit the practice courts. And I like to do that, and I’ll do that well and hard if that’s the route I choose.”

Federer took seven weeks off to rest and recover from a back ailment. He then returned with a convincing win over Radek Stepanek on Tuesday, but was not pleased by his effort yesterday.

“I was pretty upbeat after my first‑round match,” Federer said. “I thought I was in the tournament; I was playing pretty well. In practice I was hitting the ball well, so this comes as a bit of a disappointment for me, my performance and my match today.”

The loss was also Roger’s earliest at a tournament since Miami last year when Roddick beat him also in the third round. Federer is 14-5 on the year but just 2-4 against Top 20 players.

Federer will next play in Rome starting next week.

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11 Comments for In Midst Of 8-Month Title Drought, Roger Federer Says He’s Going To Hit The Practice Courts

madmax Says:


any comment on this?

Humble Rafa Says:

Your Humble Highness think the Arrogant One will drop out of the top 10 this year. Disaster awaits at the French Open and Wimbledon.

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Could be true. Nishikori is a terrible clay player. This is a very bad sign for Federer. It’s not “just” a loss. Its a WHOLE BUNCH of losses. Hope the practice courts bring him back to form!

Ben Pronin Says:

Madmax, I don’t know. Not a great loss but Nishikori deserves big wins.

madmax Says:

Ben, do you not think that we are so tough on Fed? He is the one with the most matches in those fine legs, the most slams, endless records, and yet we still expect more.

May be Roger should get new fans? We are so harsh on him!

Good luck to him for Rome and the FO! Match practice is what he needs though, and soon, if he is to do some damage in Rome. The 7 Week break was a necessity, remember that Fed is the one that knows his body, and if he is going for longevity, then losses along the way are inevitable..I just wonder whether the brain can deal with more losses though, there is only so much someone, anyone, can take.

But we are talking about the Fed!

madmax Says:

He has to be the one sportsman that comes under so much criticism, and yet he has given tennis so much already.

There are so many vulture humans out there ready to go for roadkill, it just doesn’t seem fair on Roger. Roger has only ever brought his fans joy. We should be thankful that he still has the drive and urge to carry on and practice, but really, he has achieved everything that anyone could wish for, we are just greedy I guess.

goerge Says:

hope he gets better soon.

Denver Says:

I think most probably Federer and Ferrer will be out of top 5 by the end of wimbledon. Obviously Ferrer will be ranked higher than Federer.

Sirius Says:

When will the draw of Rome masters come out?

green900 Says:

it is out now! fed and murray on same half, whilst nadal and djokovic are on the same

Steve 27 Says:

Who wants to watch a match between Federer an Murray on clay?

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