Roger Federer will pick his spring clay shots as the 20-time Grand Slam winner focusses on his ultimate 2021 grass goal.
With that in mind, the Swiss has confirmed he will skip the Rome Masters next month but as of now intends to front up in Madrid.
Federer is concentrating entirely on the brief summer grass season as he gets his year-long knee injury comeback into first gear.
Rome’s slow red clay is the exact opposite of his favourite, but the high altitude of Madrid gives the 39-year-old exactly what he is looking for on the dirt, a faster pace of play and better bounce.
The Spanish date at the Caja Magica starts on May 2. Federer has yet to make the call on participating in Roland Garros, which has been pushed back a week to a May 30 main draw start due to the serious French COVID-19 situation.
With the first week of the three-week grass season now overlapping the last week of the clay Grand Slam, Federer might well prefer to get onto the lawns as quickly as possible, perhaps at the Stuttgart Mercedes tournament starting June 7 followed by Halle.
Wimbledon retains its regular start date of June 28.
Main photo:- Roger Federer may return to the high altitude of Madrid Masters