Roger Federer yet to decide on Dubai event and clay court season

Roger Federer watches on

Roger Federer admits he hasn’t made up his mind yet if he will play in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships or if he will compete in the clay court season.

The 36-year-old won his 20th Grand Slam title on Sunday when he beat Marin Cilic in five sets in the Australian Open final.

His success Down Under also helped him to close in on Rafael Nadal at the top of the world rankings and he could replace the Spaniard at the top of the pile if he competes and does well in Dubai and Nadal is an early loser at the Mexican Open.

However, Federer’s 2018 schedule remains up in the air and he is not even sure if he will again skip the clay court tournaments, something which worked well for him last year as he was fresh during his triumphant Wimbledon run.

“We were in talks with them (Dubai organisers) but when the (Australian Open) tournament started, I just said ‘look, if it’s OK, I’d like to decide after the tournament’,” he said.

“That’s an ideal scenario for me. After the tournament, I’ll know how I feel… did I come out injured or not. So now we know what the situation is.

“I also have to decide on the clay court season so all these things are kind of interlinked.

“But it’s possible I’ll play something, but it’s also possible that maybe I just don’t play anything (for a while).”