Roger Federer seems to treat the next competitive season extremely carefully. Changes and adjustments of the strategy have been significant lately: many were surprised by Federer's decision to replace Stefan Edberg with Ivan Ljubicic as a couch. Furthermore, Federer announced the tournament schedule in which he will participate. In 2016, Federer will participate in a total of 16 tournaments including the four Grand Slams and the Olympics in Rio.

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Clay season diminished substantially

The 34 year-old Swiss champ decided to quit the tour at the Miami Masters in March, as well as to the clay at Monte Carlo, Madrid and Rome, scheduled in April, in order to give himself a break of nearly two months during the competitive season. In fact, Federer will play in only one 2016 tournament on clay: Roland Garros, which is the second Grand Slam of the year.

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That's simply because clay is a surface extremely demanding in terms of physical exertion. In recent years, Federer has never registered notable results on this surface.

The Olympics in Rio remain the main target of 2016

As the winner of 17 Grand Slam tournaments in his career-an absolute record, Federer will focus in particular on the Olympic Games in Rio. He plans to attend all 3 competitions: simple, double-along with Stan Wawrinka and mixed doubles-along with his compatriot Martina Hingis. In 2008, at the Olympic Games in Beijing, Federer won the gold medal in the doubles alongside Wawrinka.

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In 2001, at the Hopman Cup, Federer and Martina Hingis have won the trophy.

One thing remains to be clarified. In order to be able to adjust his schedule without losing points in the rankings, Federer has carried out some exceptional conditions imposed by the ATP leadership: he has over 600 wins in professional Tennis circuit, over 12 years activity as a professional tennis player, and his age is over 31 years.

So, in 2016, Federer will play mostly on his favourite surfaces: grass and hard court. It remains to be seen whether the outcomes will be those expected.

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