Sunday, October 18, 2015

Roger Federer prepares for indoor season in Dubai

After losing to Albert Ramos in three sets one week ago in Shanghai, Roger Federer landed to Dubai to practice under United Arab Emirates' sun in order to prepare the indoor season that will see him in ATP 500 Basel from October 26, then immediately in the Masters 1000 of Paris Bercy and from 15 November in the ATP World Tour Finals in London.

Federer, who refused wild card for the ATP of Vienna, said after the loss against Ramos: 'I just think the first round here in Shanghai has always been historically quite difficult. I didn't get used to the conditions, the surface, the balls and the night matches. I don't underestimate or lack respect to anybody out there. These guys are all touring professionals, they know what they're doing. He did a good job. You could see he's been in the groove, he was playing a good match. It was just unfortunate. I'm well physically.'

He's not planning to retire just after the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016. "I'll be back in Shanghai next year". assured. These days the Swiss is practicing with former top 100 player Peter Wessels, who is a tennis academy director in Dubai.

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