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Zurich, May 16: Roger Federer has pulled out of French Open as he feels he needs to avoid playing on clay this season in order to prolong his career, the 18-times grand slam champion said. roger federer

The Swiss, who defied logic to win the Australian Open in January after being out of tennis for six months, will skip the May 28-June 11 clay court major for the second year after missing last year’s edition because of injury.

The former world number one’s announcement came a day after Rafael Nadal won his third consecutive clay court title of the season ahead of the French Open, where the Spaniard will be bidding for his 10th Roland Garros title.

Federer will now focus on Wimbledon, which begins on July 3rd and where he is a seven-times champion.