So much has been written about Roger Federer’s unreal comeback to the sport, the way he has carried himself, the way he has rediscovered his hunger and the way he has inspired a generation of fans that you are never old enough for greatness.
3 Grand Slam wins, reclaiming the World Number 1 Ranking and now winning his 6th Laureus award, even in his wildest dreams Federer would not have imagined his comeback to be this good.
But it is, and it is because of a reason. Federer has worked immensely hard on his fitness, his body and his scheduling, to be able to play at full throttle whenever he is on court.
Skipping the clay court season last year was considered to be a bold and logical decision, as Federer was focussed just on adding more Grand Slam to his tally, but with the win at Rotterdam, Federer made it very clear that he wanted that elusive number one ranking again.
And that might change Roger’s plans for the rest of the season, now that he would want to keep hold of that number one ranking.
Indian Wells and Miami await the Swiss, but he has a lot of points to defend there, as he won both those tournaments last year. If he fails to repeat his heroics of last year, Federer might actually have to consider playing the clay court season, in order to protect his World Number one ranking.
Federer is keeping his options open and hasn’t ruled out participating in the ‘red dirt’ this time round. He in fact dreams of playing at Roland Garros once again.
”I dream of coming back to Roland-Garros. But I do not know, I will decide that in April after Indian Wells.” Federer said.
“[It depends on] how I feel, it’s much more than a decision, it’s the decision of the year, it’s in the middle of the year, it’s a surface change.
“I’m going to focus on the hard but honestly, I hope.” he added.
This could prove to be a massive decision in Federer’s plans for the rest of the season, as a loss at the French Open could maybe hamper his confidence going into Wimbledon.
However, with Nadal, Murray and Djokovic suffering from injury setbacks, Federer could be the only one out of the big 4 featuring at the French Open.
Fancy a second Roland Garros crown for Roger?