Tennis Today: Serena Williams reflects on US Open meltdown, and Roger Federer is in the mood for clay

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In Tennis Today, Roger Federer discusses his reasons for returning to clay, while Serena Williams reflects on her US Open final meltdown.

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What’s in the news
“[I was] literally just back from having the baby. looking back, I don’t know how I did that,” she said.

“And I had the audacity to be upset when I didn’t win. I’m like ‘why am I angry this is beyond amazing’.

“Obviously Grand Slams are most important to me, I was really close last year, so close.”

Meanwhile, Roger Federer has been explaining his decision to return to clay this season, saying he is just ‘in the mood’ for it.

“I think the decision was based purely on, I would like to play the clay again,” he said.

“I think after not playing for two years, also missing the French three years ago because of injury, the team understood that I was in the mood to do it again. I did grow up on clay, after all.

“I felt like my body is strong enough again to do the surface changes from hard to clay to grass to hard again.
“In the past I felt different Quite honestly, I was also happy to take two, three months away from the game, enjoy family, enjoy being away with my friends.”

What’s on social media
Rather ominously for the rest of the ATP Tour, Rafael Nadal is back on clay again…

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Rafa practicing 😍😍 📷: @rafanadalacademy

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Meeting Grigor Dimitrov appears to be an absolutely exhausting experience.

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Didn’t even break a sweat 👀 @grigordimitrov

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Gustavo Kuerten was in a #tbt kind of a mood.

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TBT com os Irmãos Kuerten! 😃✌🏻❣ #brothers #família #tbt

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And Roland Garros began to ready itself…

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Clay season is here ! ❤️🎾 Rendez-vous à Roland-Garros ! 🔜 #RG19 📸 @chrisguibbaud / FFT, april 2018

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