French Open to be Roger Federer's only claycourt appearance in 2020

Roger Federer

Roger Federer

There was a speculation that Federer would include the Madrid and Rome Masters in his schedule for 2020 but his agent, Tony Godsick, said that isn't true. "It's just going to get to Roland Garros to play, and there is no other graveltoernooien on it".

The 20-time Grand Slam champion will make his only appearance on clay this season at Roland Garros.

The 38-year-old has reduced in recent years the number of tournaments he plays, in an attempt to prolong his career.

"I still believe that I am a Grand-Slam to win it", said Federer after his last month in the semi-finals of the Australian Open: lost to Novak Djokovic.

Federer only returned to clay court tennis last season after a three-year hiatus, and performed well reaching the semi-finals of the French Open.

He has reached a total of five French Open finals, losing to Rafael Nadal four times and defeating Robin Soderling in 2009, who had handed the Spaniard his first defeat since his debut in 2005.

The Miami Masters hard-court tournament is the last on his schedule before the French Open, which takes place on May 24.

Federer will try to defend the title in Dubai in two weeks, embracing North American swing in Indian Wells and Miami after that and taking nearly two months off to charge batteries for Roland Garros and grass swing that follows after that lone clay event.

While Federer has gone seven straight Grand Slams without adding to his collection, the Swiss said in Melbourne he still thinks he can win more. "I've been debating with my team for a few weeks now, months actually, what I should do in the summer time (of 2020) after Wimbledon and before the US Open", Federer had said a year ago. As always in the last couple of seasons, there were many different stories and reports about Roger's plans for this year's clay events, with many of them including Madrid and Rome where he played a year ago.

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