Federer Accepts Wild Card Into Monte Carlo

ATP – MONTE CARLO

Dear Fans

I have decided to accept a wildcard into the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters tournament that begins on Monday. I will head there this weekend to start the clay court season.

Thanks to all of you for your continued support.

All the best,

Roger

http://www.rogerfederer.com/en/rogers/news/newsdetail.cfm?uNewsID=886

Just a quick update to let you know about Roger’s latest plans. This came as a surprise to me as I’m sure it is for you. It’s good because now we will see him play earlier but I felt like he needed the break and now he will have to take a wild card as well which means he can end up playing anyone. And that includes Rafa of course. All he can do is hope he is not drawn in the same half of the draw as Rafa. So it’s kinda risky but I’m sure he is doing it with ranking points in mind. He is already missing Estoril so he will lose all the points he got there last year for winning the tournament. On the other hand Murray has few points to defend from the clay season and he can close in even further on Roger in the rankings should he have a good clay court season.

Murray hasn’t done well on clay so far but he played a lot on clay when he was younger and he only really started hitting his stride as a player towards the end of last year as we know. So he can definitely become a threat on clay and therefor make up more points on Roger. Therefor I must conclude that Roger is doing this for ranking points. He has a final from last year to defend at Monte Carlo so he would at least want to defend that but every round that he wins will mean that he loses less points. So in one way I am glad Roger is playing because it is after all a Masters Series event and it would be so much more interesting with him there. But it also means he is taking a bit of a risk and that he has less time to come to terms with what has transpired in Miami.

Fair enough decision.


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2 Comments

  1. Not sure if it is a good idea for Federer to be chasing after ranking points. It will help him avoid meeting Nadal before finals for sure, but Murray and Djokovic have also proved that they have the ability to beat him. In my opinion it would be a better approach for him to disregard his ranking points (to an extent) and concentrate on the slams.

    I am still happy to see this decision, however. It is obviously hugely unlikely that Fed will win the French this year, but match-play will help him.

    Happy easter to you Ruanz and all readers by the way.

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  2. Hi Fairweatherfan. Like i said its a bit of a risk but i didnt like that he was missing out on a MS event so im ok with him playing. I would have obviously preferred he had a longer time to think things over but at least he is not playing Estoril. He’ll still have some time off.
    Happy easter :-)

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