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Federer adds Italian Open to his Roland Garros preparation

Roger Federer has added the Italian Open to his agenda.

An afternoon after his three-set loss to Dominic Thiem within the Madrid Open quarterfinals, Federer introduced his plans in an Instagram video on Saturday.

Federer says, “Hi everyone. Simply completed chatting with the crew and satisfied to mention I am coming again to Rome to play in Italy. Cannot wait. It is so thrilling. It is been too lengthy. I’m going to see you there. Ciao tutti. Bye bye.”

The Italian Open begins on Sunday and Federer has a first-round bye because the No. three seed. He will open in opposition to both 37th-ranked Frances Tiafoe or 75th-ranked Joao Sousa.

Federer is a four-time runner-up on the Italian Open, which he is by no means gained, making it one of the vital few important trophies the 20-time Grand Slam winner hasn’t claimed.

He skipped the clay swing the previous two years to stay have compatibility for the remainder of the season. He determined to go back this yr in preparation for his first French Open look since 2015.

Roland Garros begins on Would possibly 26.

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Extra AP Tennis: https://apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports activities

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