That is the view of Tim Henman, who is certain Federer will be absent from the clay leg of next season. The clay turn starts soon after the Australian Open, with tournaments largely based in South America and Europe.

It reaches its peak at the French Open in June next year – a tournament Federer has won only once. The Swiss veteran, 36, did not play a single tournament on clay this year and has enjoyed a remarkable season, winning two Grand Slams among seven ATP titles in 2017.

Source: Express