Roger Federer plans to play clay-court season after Australian Open exit

Roger Federer good played at the French Launch in 2015

Roger Federer says he plans to play the clay-courtroom season after skipping it for two successive years, admitting he has “ignored now not doing it”.

The Swiss 20-time Colossal Slam champion has now not played a clay event for the reason that 2016 Italian Launch.

Federer, 37, was beaten by eventual champion Stan Wawrinka in his good appearance at the French Launch in 2015.

“I’m in a allotment where I wish to build up an even time,” Federer said after his Australian Launch exit to Stefanos Tsitsipas.

“It be fair a little of a necessity. I don’t surely feel it is a ways valuable to build up a superior destroy all once more.”

Federer has opted to miss the previous two clay seasons since battling hurt all the device in which via 2016.

He withdrew from Roland Garros that year on myth of a help hurt and indirectly decrease quick his season with a knee venture.

After winning titles in Australia and Miami on his return in 2017, Federer said he planned to most appealing play the French Launch as he was “now not 24 any additional”.

He indirectly made up our minds to now not compete in Paris and eager in grass-courtroom events, occurring to do away with that year’s Wimbledon.

Federer, seeded Zero.33 in Melbourne, will tumble to either sixth or seventh in the rankings following the Australian Launch.

Roger Federer beaten by Stefanos Tsitsipas in Australian Launch

Tsitsipas upsets the percentages

Greek 14th seed Tsitsipas ended Federer’s title defence in Melbourne with a four-space victory.

Tsitspas, 20, admitted he had watched movies of Federer and had attempted to imitate his one-handed backhand.

Requested if he saw any similarities between the two gamers, Federer said: “He has a one-handed backhand and I frail to build up prolonged hair, too.

“Per chance a little bit bit, sure. He has more of a continental grip than gamers nowadays.

“That is simply a little more my device than, let’s take into accout, Rafa [Nadal]. I check him positively being high up in the game for a in point of fact prolonged time.”

Australian Launch 2019: Stefanos Tsitsipas interview after do away with over Roger Federer

Learn More