Madrid - Roger Federer will play on clay before this year's French Open after
being confirmed on the entry list for the Madrid Masters, which starts
on May 3, on Tuesday.
The 37-year-old last played the tournament, where he is a three-time
champion, in 2015, when he also made his most recent appearance at
Federer has skipped the clay-court season for the last two years to
focus on being ready for the grass courts of Wimbledon, but announced
after the Australian Open that he would return to the red dirt in 2019.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion, a three-time winner in Madrid, will
line up alongside world number one Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and
title-holder Alexander Zverev after tournament organisers announced the
field on Tuesday.
Federer won his 19th major crown at Wimbledon in 2017, before adding
the Australian Open last year, but has not reached a Slam semi-final
He faces Russian youngster Daniil Medvedev in the Miami Masters last 16 later on Tuesday.
The French Open gets underway in Paris on May 26.