Roger Federer keeps the weight low as he prepares to play the Open French for the first time since 2015.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion had waived the clay court rocking the previous three seasons after knee surgery in 2016 and later re-exacerbated his injuries after trying to return on the red dirt. On why he decided to add clay back to his schedule, it was easy for the winner of Roland Garros 2009.
"I just wanted to play," Federer told L 'Equipe. "I hadn't planned to play for three years. For the previous six months, my body has been good. For the rest of the season, maybe it's good [to play], but mainly the desire to return to clay and [this tournament]. "
Federer has played two French Open events, opening with a quarter in Madrid and then two victories in one day in Rome before pulling back from the tournament. No. 3 has also won titles in Dubai and Miami on hard courts.
Before starting in Paris, Federer admits that his prospects are ventilated by a competitive field.
"I made a good start to the season," he said. "I know that everything is possible on clay, but I think I have more opponents on clay. Against the top players, it's more difficult to control. T
"Honestly, it's nice to come here with fewer expectations. I've played very few games on this surface recently. I'm going to play it freely and there is a great deal of experience." I will try to get to grips with this Roland Garros with less pressure.that people, the media, myself also, my team knows it. It hurts, it's worth playing the clay. "
Federer, the third seed, will face Lorenzo Sonego in the first round.