• Federer takes a holiday as Monte Carlo begins

    4/14/12 8:48 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Federer takes a holiday as Monte Carlo begins Roger Federer won't start his clay season for another three weeks, when the world No. 3 plays the Madrid Masters.

    But while the rest of the ATP elite are arriving in rainy Monte Carlo, the first Masters 1000 of the spring clay season, the Swiss has sent along a few holiday snaps taken during his current time off.

    Federer and his family went off to an undisclosed location, but the 16-time Grand Slam champion did indulge his fans by posting a few underwater pictures to his Facebook page.

    "Just finishing up my vacation and sending everyone greetings from under the water!" he wrote of the picture, which shows him up close to the camera. Federer and wife Mirka celebrated their third wedding anniversary in recent days.

    But indications are that playtime is now over for Federer, who has brought in regular training partner Jesse Levine for a practice block as the Swiss sharpens up for the clay campaign. Federer has three titles in 2012, having won Rotterdam, Dubai and Indian Wells.

    Rivals Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray are all primed for the Monte Carlo start, with Djokovic back after not playing in 2011, Nadal seeking an unprecedented eighth straight trophy and Murray keen to bounce back after losing the Miami hardcourt final a fortnight ago to Djokovic.

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yes it was a good decision not to play MC. last year he was a litle gassed out after The French Open. He is looking so good this year. He s beating Nadal and I can not wait for him to meet Novak in a slam final.

advan , 4/16/12 10:05 PM

You're schtick is getting tired advan.

Don't be a tuna! Don't rise to the bait.

Rafa to win FO!!!! Vamos!!!!!

Conspirator , 4/16/12 10:52 PM

Roger could be tempted to play MC since he is only 200 and something points away from #2 (MC points from last year dropped today).

However Roger knows his body the best and he is one of the best at scheduling so although some of his fans are sad that he is taking +1 month off it is for the best.

I agree with his decision of not playing MC because beginnig in Madrid there will be 7 weeks of competition out of 9, starting with madrid and rome back to back (2 weeks) then 1 week interval, RG and halle are also back to back (3 weeks) with 1 week interval to Wimbledon (2 weeks).

That's a lot of tennis and one of the most important parts of the season woth 2 slams.

Have a great vacation Roger!!!

bleck , 4/17/12 12:13 AM

335 points not 200. At least he should be able to reach final.... must be very very tough for him.... Vamos Rafa!!!

tettylds , 4/17/12 4:46 AM

Rest well Roger...
And claim back what you have lost over the years.

Conspirator , 4/16/12 10:52 PM , with all respect, it would be ideal if you could refrain from Roger specifc threds.

sabs , 4/17/12 8:52 AM

ARe you happy with the tennisyear so far? both Novak or Fed seem to be the dominator this year. if Fed wasnot injured leading up to AU Open he would have gottwn the first slam of the year under his belt. he proved a point in his next shot at Rafa demoralising the spaniard like WTF style. ot could go that Novak takes RG and Fed returning to his crown at Wimbledon and Olympics. Ifeel that if Rafa will lose MC then it is adios from him for the year. He woll npt defend RG when he gets beaten here.

advan , 4/17/12 1:14 PM

Current ATP-rankings

1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
2. Murray 8 750 pts
3. Federer 8 670 pts
4. Ferrer 6 970 pts
5. Nadal 6 385 pts

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