Tennis – Fed plays down clay expectations

2009 French Open champion Roger Federer has no great expectations for his first major clay court campaign for three years. Federer warmed up for the European clay court season by claiming a fourth Miami Open title, defeating defending champion John Isner 6-1 6-4 in the final. The next challenge for the Swiss maestro is a first crack at a proper clay court campaign for at least two years, with Federer admitting that he is somewhat short of practice on the red stuff. He told the official ATP Tour website: "I'm not very confident going into this clay court season, I can tell you that. I didn't even remember how to slide anymore. "I didn't play one point - not one shot - on clay last year. Two years ago I played two days. It's been so little that I really don't know what to expect, but I'm very excited." The ultimate goal for Federer is a bid to try and win a second French Open title and he can be backed at 28/1 with bet365 to triumph in Paris.

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