Roger Federer: I’ve Done The Right Things To Prepare For This Clay Season
by Tom Gainey | April 13th, 2015, 9:51 am

A well-rested Roger Federer met the media Sunday in Monte Carlo. The Swiss, who has never won the Monte Carlo title, came close a year ago but was done in by fatigue, a cold and by good friend Stan Wawrinka in three sets.

“I got quite tired in the third set and also had a horrible cold,” Federer said of 2014. “I was not feeling like my absolute best, but still I was able to play well. Stan deserved the win because I couldn’t cross the finish line in the second set when I had to.”

Federer comes into this tournament, he says, with more confidence and on better footing after a Dubai title and an Indian Wells final.

“I’m feeling good about my game and my fitness,” said Federer who skipped Miami. “It’s been good to work on that for the last few weeks. I came here early on Thursday to practise on Centre Court, which is something I haven’t always had the chance to do. Clearly I feel I’ve done all the right things to prepare for the clay court season now.

“For fitness and rest, I had to do it more in blocks (compared to last year). That’s why I’m happy I got a vacation behind me. For fitness, I will do another block after Monaco when I come back to Switzerland and I might do some more after Madrid. That’s the plan and it will work well for Roland Garros and Wimbledon and beyond.”

Federer, a 4-time Monte Carlo runner-up, will open play against either Jeremy Chardy or qualifier Diego Schwartzman on Wednesday.

This is always the first tournament after seven or so months on hard courts. So far, so good. The draws are always tough in these Masters 1000s. I either play Chardy who was playing in Houston or a qualifier who has won two matches here. I’ll follow that closely before I get ready for my first round.”

A year ago Federer played Monte Carlo ranked No. 4, now he’s No. 2. The 33-year-old is 16-2 this year. He’s played just two events – Dubai and Indian Wells – in the last 10 weeks. But after adding Istanbul to his schedule, he’ll have a busy clay season ahead.

Roger Federer’s 2015 Clay Schedule
12 April: Monte Carlo
27 April: Istanbul
3 May: Madrid
10 May: Rome
24 May: Roland Garros

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9 Comments for Roger Federer: I’ve Done The Right Things To Prepare For This Clay Season

skeezer Says:

Go get em #2!

Giles Says:

Or they’ll get you #2!

Giles Says:

Tennis X. Hope you’re working on the clay background on this site. TX

chris ford1 Says:

A tribute to Roger that he is still so good at nearly 34. While Rafa has his number, he can still take out anyone else on clay, including the #2 clay player at present, Djokovic.

jane Says:

tweet & photo: The Joker is joking with Roger Federer :-)
Very friendly atmosphere !

i guess stan was practicing with rafa and then nole. fed practiced with dolgo.

chris ford1 Says:

We will see if Fed’s strategy of skipping Miami for rest and extra clay practice pans out. Likely will. If not a trophy, which is unlikely, QFs or above is still excellent results.
Not getting much buzz is Stan, who won MC last year and is a Beast on clay with his backhand. Stan may catch fire again.
And this is the one where Nole practices, and lives close enough to walk or take a short bike trip from his home. Nice for him. Though for a long time, 6 years, he had to accept that though he was “local”, it was only Rafa’s name on the trophy until 2013.
And with all his recent tribulations, just because…..Rafa has to be the favorite. In form, only Nole has a shot at dropping Rafa on slow clay…and unlike Rafa..other players can beat Nole at times on clay.

Hippy Chick Says:

Roger is one of the best ever CC players,so i certainly wouldnt rule him out of surprising us all with a good showing this season….

SG1 Says:

Roger beating Novak on clay when he couldn’t beat him on grass? For Novak, it will have to be a very off day. A very off day indeed. I think that right now, Roger has a better chance of beating Rafa on red dirt than he does Novak.

SG1 Says:

Funny thing is, I actually thought Roger outplayed Novak on grass and lost one he should have won (just my opinion of course).

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