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'Clay campaign beneficial to my grass season preparations,' says Roger Federer

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Roger Federer believes clay-court tennis can only help him prepare for the grass season - because it always has before.

Federer is easing his way back from double knee surgery this year, and he will play either Jordan Thompson or Pablo Andujar in the second round of Geneva this week.

The Swiss ace opted against playing a longer clay season, with him planning to go straight from Geneva to Paris for the French Open.

However, he has dismissed suggestions that clay tennis will not be adequate preparation for his favoured grass game, with the transition between the two shorter than ever this year due to the delay to the start of Roland Garros.

“I was happy that the knee didn’t feel any different from hard to clay, so I expect the same to go from clay to grass,” Federer told the press in Geneva.

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“Since ’98, since we have the grass in my schedule, I’ve never really had any major issues going between surfaces.

“I think that the tennis player is used to these switches but of course with an injury there is always a little bit more concern, especially when you haven’t played as long as I have.

“I’m convinced that hitting a lot of balls – you have to really power through the ball, like you have to on clay because otherwise you’re not going to have an impact on this surface – is going to be beneficial for me for the grass court season.”

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