Just because Roger Federer played Monte Carlo doesn’t mean we’ll be seeing the Swiss at more French Open warm-up events this spring.
Federer, who didn’t have any pre-French clay events on his original schedule, told the press after losing Friday in Monte Carlo that he doesn’t have a set schedule before Paris.
“I definitely won’t play the next couple of weeks,” Federer said Friday. “And Madrid I’ll decide probably like 10 days from now. Rome I’ll decide probably in 15 days from now.
“I have a few things to do in the beginning of next week. All the practices are already planned with Pierre for the fitness. It will be half fitness, half tennis, I believe.”
Despite the loss to Tsonga in the quarterfinals, Federer added again that it was a good first week back from left knee surgery.
“Number one, it’s good to play a tournament after having had surgery,” Federer said. “Number two, it was good to play one match. It was good to have a match with a rest, then to play again. Now it was good to play back-to-back, yesterday and today. Then it was good to play 2 hours 10 today.
“On top of it, in the pressure situations, because you know you might not be as loose as in practice, so many good things this week, and also the pre-tournament stuff I was able to do, I trained really hard. My fitness coach was here. We practiced well on the tennis court, as well.
“It’s been a really good last couple of weeks now for me, so I’m very happy.”
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