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Tennis – Grass the focus for Federer

Roger Federer says he has withdrawn from this month’s French Open in order to make sure he is at his best for the grass court season, with the Swiss 3/1 at bet365 to win Wimbledon. The 35-year-old has produced some of his best tennis this year, bouncing back after an injury plagued 2016 to win an18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open before capturing the Masters crowns in Indian Wells and Miami. The world No.5 had originally planned to miss the majority of the clay court season before returning for the French Open but has now changed his mind. Federer says careful scheduling has been key to his revival this year and believes missing the French Open will give him the best chance of success at Wimbledon. "I've been working really hard, both on and off the court, during the last month but in order to try and play on the ATP World Tour for many years to come, I feel it's best to skip the clay-court season this year and prepare for the grass and hard-court seasons,” said Federer.

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