Following the successful birth of his twin boys, 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer expects to return to the professional tour in time for the French Open at the end of the month. At this time he is uncertain about his participation in Rome, as he would like to spend time with his family.
“Roger plans on playing Roland Garros and he will make a decision at the last minute if he will play Rome depending on how everything is going with his family,” Federer’s agent Tony Godsick told ATPWorldTour.com.
Federer began his 2014 season with a finals appearance in Brisbane, where he lost to Lleyton Hewitt. He would win his first title of the year in Dubai, beating Novak Djokovic in a three-set semifinal in the process. He would meet Djokovic a second time at the Indian Wells final, but would lose a close three-set battle. He would later lose a surprising quarter-final match-up to Kei Nishikori in Miami, before moving onto the European clay court portion of the season.
The 32-year-old would arrive in Monte Carlo, where he would work his way to the final, beating Radek Stepanek, Lukas Rosol, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Novak Djokovic before losing to first-time Masters 1000 winner Stanislas Wawrinka. His 28-5 record overall this season boosted him back to No. 4 in the Emirates ATP Rankings
The Internazionali BNL d’Italia takes place between May 11-18 in Rome, Italy.