Roger Federer CONFIRMS tournament appearance after missing Dubai championship

The Swiss star is set to undertake a lighter clay court schedule in the coming months to preserve his body for bigger events in the summer.

Federer used the same tactics last year and went on to win Wimbledon and the Australian Open.

Another tournament the 36-year-old has enjoyed major success at is the Gerry Weber Open in Germany.

Federer has won the event nine times and is already looking forward to defending his title in June.

“The tenth title in Halle would obviously be fantastic, something very special and unique in my career,” he said during the Rotterdam Open.

“It’s always a great pleasure to come back to a site where I have great memories.

“The special attraction is that we play in a place away from the city.

“You can enjoy the relax, have short distances and perfectly prepare for your commitments.”