7th May, 2012
In fine fettle after a month-long rest, Roger Federer is ready to get his clay season underway and continue his bid to recapture the World Number 1 ranking from Novak Djokovic.
The 30-year-old Swiss maestro, who has not played since losing to Andy Roddick at the Sony Ericsson Open at the end of March, said he had needed some time away from tennis to recharge his batteries and rid himself of one or two niggling injuries.
Federer has played some of his best tennis in years in winning three titles this season, including the Indian Wells Masters event, but knows that challenging Rafa Nadal on the Spaniard’s favoured clay and stealing his French Open crown in Paris, starting at the end of this month, will be a tall order.
“I feel good about my chances of playing well in the next few months,” the World Number 3 said on Sunday.
“But then again I am coming back on clay and Rafa has been so dominant on this surface for so many years so I know the task ahead of me,” added the 16-times Grand Slam singles champion.