Federer keen to kick-start season at Madrid

The Madrid Masters proved to be a turning point for Roger Federer last year: by winning the tournament, he established himself as a serious contender on clay which was realised in his victory at the French Open. A couple of weeks later he underlined his pre-eminance on the tour by regaining his Wimbledon title on the grass courts of the All England Club.

As Federer prepares to defend his Madrid title, he will be keen to address the lack of consistency he’s shown on the tour this year and for the event to have a similar turnaround in his fortunes this year.

Since capturing the Australian Open in January, Federer has won five matches and lost four, including his surprise defeat by the world 34 Alberto Montanes in the Estoril Open semi-finals last week.

However, Federer has been able to successfully raise his game for the big tournaments in the last couple of years, regardless of his results elsewhere on the tour.

In contrast to his three Grand Slam victories in the past 12 months, his best performance in a non-Slam or Masters tournament was as a runner-up at Basel. The last time he won a tournament outside of the Masters and Slams was in 2008 (also Basel).

“I’m doing well in training, I’m only lacking a bit of match time,” said Federer before the start of the Madrid Open. “I’m hitting the ball cleanly, but maybe not as clean as I did to win in Australia though. But it’s not far away. I’m doing the right things and I’m not worried.”

“For me, the Madrid title in 2009 was the key to Paris. Winning the event by beating fellow rivals was very important. But no matter what happens here [at the Madrid Masters], I’ll be prepared for Paris.”

2 Comments

  1. karen
    Posted 12 May, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    Ive been lucky enough to visit Wimbledon twice over the last 3 years, first time had tickets for centre court , last year had to queue. Im lucky enough to have tickets for this year as well for court no. 1 and cant wait to visit again. Im not a big sports fan at all, but I love tennis and must say the whole Wimbledon experience is fantastic from start to finish, the organisation when queueing, the friendliness of staff and the atmosphere is just fantastic, my tips for first time visitors would be, get there in plenty of time, if you have to queue, enjoy the queue, theres always new people to talk to and its very orderly. Make sure youve got plenty to eat and drink with you, although there are also plenty of places inside for this purposes but it can get very busy! After the big matches have finished for the day, dont leave straight away, have a walk about and catch some matches on the outside courts. Roll on next month, cant wait !

  2. Posted 4 June, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    let go rafa, let go!


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