With the start of the clay season a month and a half away, Roger Federer is starting to narrow his options regarding where he will make his return to the surface.
By process of elimination, the 37-year-old 20-time grand Slam champion has likely ruled out Monte Carlo, which kicks start the big-event run-up to Roland Garros with its mid-April date.
But with Paris only beginning in the last week of May, Federer already made a preliminary decision concerning the Masters 1000 in the Mediterranean principality.
Monte Carlo is probably too early, is his ruling.
While lesser events like Estoril and 500-series tournament like Barcelona are dreaming of bagging Federer, the tru contenders fall down to the other two pre-Paris Masters in Madrid and Rome next May.
But Federer will not be rushed into a quick decision.
“I don’t want to over-play, I’d rather train more and prepare well for the grass-court season, I definitely do not want to overdo it,” he said.