When Roger Federer made his return to tennis last January after 6 months out he began the season with titles in Melbourne, Indian Wells and Miami. He then announced he’d skip the entire clay court season as he prepared for the summer on grass followed by the hard court swing in the final quarter of 2017 but what will he do this year?
After winning the Australian Open last year he went to Dubai and lost in R2 to Donskoy and no decision has been made yet whether he will return to Dubai this year, the wildcard is on the table for Federer with only upcoming confirmations being Indian Wells and Miami in March.
I expect Federer to go to Indian Wells and Miami and not Dubai but the question is, clay?
I’d be very surprised if Federer repeats last year and doesn’t play some clay court tournaments. I however do not expect him to play a full schedule on the clay.
I’d expect Federer to most likely head to Rome. I’d be very surprised to see him travel to Monte-Carlo but at the same time I wouldn’t rule out a return to Madrid where he has been a champion in the past. Rome however is his most appeared clay court tournament in his career (except Roland Garros) and has only missed two tournaments in Rome in 18 years.
I fully expect Roger to play a revised schedule of Rome and Roland Garros but at the same time he could end up surprising us as well with the outdoor clay tournament in his home country Switzerland the week before Roland Garros.