Fed­erer will de­cide on clay re­turn within weeks

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Roger Fed­erer will de­cide as early as next month whether to re­turn to clay-court ac­tion next year, the Swiss great said yes­ter­day, af­ter los­ing his Shang­hai Masters semi-fi­nal. The 37-year-old has been man­ag­ing his sched­ule and stopped play­ing the clay-court sea­son, in­clud­ing the French Open, in the past two years to wring the most out of his age­ing body. Quizzed by re­porters about his plans for next year, the 20-time Grand Slam win­ner – fresh from los­ing to 13th seed Borna Coric of Croa­tia – showed a flash of ir­ri­ta­tion.

“Like I said, I think I will try to take a de­ci­sion on the clay to­wards maybe be­fore – well let’s say while I’m on va­ca­tion af­ter Lon­don (ATP Fi­nals Novem­ber 11-18). “So like this I know how to work on my fit­ness and Ten­nis pro­gramme for those sort of four weeks in De­cem­ber. “That then plays a role for the rest of the sea­son, and that’s it, I still don’t know.

“And please stop ask­ing me, I re­ally don’t know.”


Roger Fed­erer re­acts at a press con­fer­ence af­ter los­ing to Borna Coric of Croa­tia yes­ter­day.

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