How Roger Federer can use the clay season to challenge Novak Djokovic in the tennis rankin

With no points to defend during the clay court season having not played on the surface since 2016, Federer has a real chance of moving up from his current fourth place in the rankings.

The Swiss star gained a lot of momentum by winning the Miami Open as he claimed his 28th ATP Masters 1000 title.

And he will be hoping for a good show at Roland Garros when they action gets underway next month

Federer should hope to challenge world No 3 Alexander Zverev as he is defending 2,570 points and Rafael Nadal (defending 4,860) who is the current world No 2.

Surpassing Djokovic is out of his reach but a good showing in France could put the pressure on the Serbian.

Federer is looking to win the French Open for the second time after his first victory in 2009.

It is the one Major he has struggled with more than any throughout his career and his 2009 win completed a career Grand Slam.

“Everyone knows, especially in France, how much I have tried winning the French Open,” he said in the build-up.

“And I finally achieved it. I could have ended my career there. It’s true there was some relief but even more happiness, so much satisfaction.”

British hero Greg Rusedski believes he can repeat that feat given the 33-year-old’s recent from.

“The last three weeks he’s been the best player on the planet,” Rusedski said.

“But we don’t define someone by three weeks, we define them by a whole year and their whole career.

“With Djokovic going out early [in Miami], that gave him a little bit more inspiration because he’s thinking, ‘I can make a lead, I’m leading the race with the most points right now out there and I know during the clay-court season Nadal, Djokovic – all these guys are going to make a lot of points’

“He’s looking for matches before Wimbledon. He doesn’t really think he’s going to win the French Open, let;s be honest.

“He thinks that’s either Rafa or Novak or the other guys who are going to win Paris.”

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