Federer ponders Paris return

01 March 2018 07:38:20 EST

Roger Federer has admitted that he could yet be tempted to have a go at winning a second French Open title, having missed the tournament in each of the last two years.

Twenty-time Grand Slam singles champion Federer has preferred to focus on the hardcourt and grasscourt seasons as he enters the final stages of his amazing career, with the physical challenge of the European claycourts a risk to his overall approach.

I dream of coming back to Paris, but I do not know.

Roger Federer

However, the Swiss has hinted that he has yet to decide on whether to take on the challenge of clay this year, although it appears to be something of a slim chance that he will opt to do so.

He told RMC Sport: "I dream of coming back to Paris, but I do not know, I will decide that in April after Indian Wells.

"It depends on how I feel, it's much more than a decision - it's the decision of the year. It's in the middle of the year and it's a surface change.

"I'm going to focus on the hardcourts but honestly, I hope (to play in Paris)."

Federer claimed his one and only French Open title in 2009, winning dramatic five-set matches against both Tommy Haas and Juan Martin del Potro before clinching the title with a 6-1 7-6 6-4 final success over Robin Soderling.

He has also lost in the final in Paris on four occasions, with all of those defeats coming at the hands of great rival Rafael Nadal.

Federer can be backed at 12/1 to win the 2018 French Open, with Nadal priced at 4/5 and Novak Djokovic available at 9/2.

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