Federer smart to target quicker surfaces, says Djokovic

Switzerland's Roger Federer (R) and Serbia's Novak Djokovic react during a promotional event ahead of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, January 14, 2017. REUTERS/Edgar Su
Switzerland’s Roger Federer (R) and Serbia’s Novak Djokovic react right through a promotional experience beforehand of the Australian Open tennis match in Melbourne, Australia, January 14, 2017.


Roger Federer made a good move by using pulling out of this month’s French Open, the place he has much less chance of adding to his 18 grand slam titles than on the sport’s quicker surfaces, world number two Novak Djokovic stated on Thursday.

Federer, who announced his withdrawal from the May Just 28-June Eleven claycourt main on Monday, mentioned he felt he wanted to keep away from enjoying on clay this season to lend a hand extend his profession.

“, he is very smart in his decision-making… He knows what he’s doing,” 12-instances major winner Djokovic advised reporters.

“After All he is mindful he has a lot better probability to win giant trophies on faster surfaces.”

Federer defied age and logic to win the Australian Open in January after a knee injury stored him out of tennis for six months, and adopted that up with two extra excessive-profile titles at Indian Wells and Miami.

The 35-yr-previous, fifth-ranked Swiss is now desirous about being in top kind for Wimbledon, which begins on July Three and where he is a seven-times champion.

“Grass obviously is the place he feels probably the most comfortable,” Djokovic stated.

“I Am now not too shocked with this (French Open) determination. I imply, he had a number of fits performed initially of the year, and he did amazingly Well.”

Djokovic faces Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut within the closing-16 of the Italian Open on Thursday.

(Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru; modifying by using John Stonestreet)

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