Roger Federer has had tough results on clay, particularly the French Open, where his rival, Rafael Nadal has dominated the clay court major. The Swiss Maestro stated in a recent interview that without Nadal in the scene he would have won more majors titles at Roland Garros and could have added more to his world record 17 Grand Slam wins.
“I do believe I have chances there. The problem in the past has been more Rafa than the clay itself. If you take Rafa out of the equation, I would’ve had an amazing clay court career. I still with him I’ve had a great clay court career,” Federer said via Tennis-X.com.
Roger Federer has struggled with various injuries at this point of his career. The Swiss Maestro has pulled out of an ATP tournament because of a back injury but remains confident of his chances in the 2016 French Open scheduled from May 22 to June 5.
“It’s still the surface where I did grow up. Still a surface I feel comfortable on. I’ve spent maybe most time of my life on that surface,” Federer added.
“I probably can enter the French Open or clay court season with maybe a little bit less expectations because you guys expect less from me. I’m not the overwhelming favorite in those events, and sometimes that can be helpful, too. I still put pressure on myself wanting to go far and deep and play well.”
Roger Federer has made the championship round at the French Open five times but only has won once in 2009 when he beat Robin Soderling, 6-1 7-6 (1) 6-4. Federer’s four losses in the final at Roland Garros came against Rafael Nadal, who is considered the “King of Clay” because of his nine titles at the French Open.