Federer hints at French Open return

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Roger Federer believes he is capable of winning a second French Open title with a return to Roland Garros a possibility this year.

Former world number one Roger Federer (28/1 French Open Outright) has hinted that he could return to the French Open this year after a three-year absence.

The Swiss star has swerved the Grand Slam in Paris to boost his chances of competing at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open.

But, as he edges towards retirement, Federer has hinted at a possible return to the clay event this season.

Federer has only lifted the French Open crown once, having reached the final on four other occasions, but he believes he could go all the way in 2019.

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“If I come back to Paris it’s for pleasure. When I am there I get a lot of support from the fans. My win in 2009 is one of the biggest in my career,” Federer said.

“I think I could win it.

“I need to have some luck, a good draw and starting the tournament well.”

The 37-year-old, who currently sits fourth in the world rankings, also suggested that he is still capable of reclaiming the world number one spot, although he admits it will be tough.

He added: “It’s always possible.

“You have to win two or three Grand Slams in a row. Now it’s more complicated for me. I am older and I play less tournaments. Obviously, if you play less you have fewer chances and when you lose early in a tournament, it affects your ranking.”

Federer is next in action on Sunday when he faces Austrian Dominic Thiem in the final at Indian Wells (Match Betting – Thiem 11/4, Federer 1/4), with the Swiss star well rested following Rafael Nadal’s withdrawal from their last-four clash.

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