2/25/13 5:00 PM | Johan Lindahl
Roger Federer trims his spring schedule, bypassing the Miami Masters.
Roger Federer returns to tennis as he defends his title at the Dubai Open, with the Swiss making strategic scheduling plans to insure that his 2013 season - and beyond - continue to be as productive as possible in the pressure-cooker world of the ATP.
No. 2 Federer took a week off after an unexpected quarter-final loss in Rotterdam, spending a few days in South Africa at some of the children's projects funded by his charity foundation before flying to his base in Dubai. The 31-year-old Swiss is playing Dubai, to be followed by the first Masters 1000 of the season in Indian Wells and will skip the Miami tournament where he fist competed in 1999.
By skipping Miami and not playing again until the Madrid Masters from early May - which he also won in 2012 - Federer is hoping to insure that he gets a long block of training to prepare for the French Open and Wimbledon to follow.
"Ï want to have four or five weeks of training," the 17-time Grand Slam winner said. "Last season was tricky, since I had to play so many weeks due to the Olympic Games. You didn't want to come into the summer without momentum.
"But this season is not the same. I want a good preparation for the clay season and Wimbledon. I thought that missing Miami might be a good opportunity to prepare really well for Paris."
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