WATCH: Roger Federer attracts huge crowd in Madrid as he makes clay court return
Roger Federer is back on a clay court and we have video to prove it.
The Swiss Masters has skipped clay in recent years, not playing competitively on the surface since the 2016 Italian Open.
That’s all about to change at the Madrid Masters, though, where he attracted a big crowd just to watch his warm-up drills.
Clay court drills with @rogerfederer 😎
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) May 5, 2019
“I’m very excited. It’s a good challenge, a good test,” said Federer of the clay season after winning the Miami Masters.
“Confidence, I don’t know, it’s in no-man’s land. I have to start from scratch.”
“I’m taking baby steps at this point. To be honest, I didn’t play one point – not one shot on clay last year. Two years ago I played two days.”
“I’m not very confident going into this clay court season, I can tell you that. I don’t even remember how to slide any more.”
We’ll find out soon enough!
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