Roger Federer to skip Italian Open, but Madrid and Roland Garros still firmly part of his clay plans

Roger Federer in action

Roger Federer won’t feature at this year’s Italian Open as he is not on the entry list for the ATP Masters 1000 event, but he is expected to feature at the Madrid Open and Roland Garros.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner has played only one event, the Qatar Open, since returning from a 13-month absence due to knee surgery, falling in the second round in Doha in March.

Having pulled out of the Dubai Tennis Championships and the Miami Open, Federer is expected to return at the Madrid Open with his name on the star-studded entry list for the event, which runs from April 30 to May 9, in the Spanish capital.

Roger Federer set for Madrid Open return, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal also on star-studded entry list

The Italian Open follows immediately after the Madrid Open, but the world No 7’s name has not been entered into the main draw.

With the French Open pushed back a week with the clay-court Grand Slam now running from May 30 to June 13, there were suggestions that Federer could play in both ATP Masters 1000 events in the lead-up to Roland Garros.

However, the 39-year-old has decided to skip the Rome tournament.

World No 1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic as well as the rest of the top five consisting of Daniil Medvedev, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev are all on the entry list.

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