Currently competing in Miami, Roger Federer will have to make a decision regarding his schedule for the upcoming clay court swing. His future schedule might be influenced by the run's length at Key Biscayne. He is already playing back-to-back tournaments having already won Indian Wells. That means a lot of matches in a row with shorter periods to recover. After all, he is 35-year-old and to have such an accelerated schedule could harm his physical reservoir in the long-term. According to ESPN, Roger Federer is yet to confirm whether he'll attend the event in Monte Carlo, also a Masters 1000 gathering.

Monte Carlo brings up mixed feelings for Federer

Throughout his career, Federer made couple stops in Monte Carlo. But his results on this particular clay venue were not as expected. In fact, he never won the men's singles contest here despite having played four finals in the past. Between 2006-2008 he played three finals in a row each time losing to Rafael Nadal. Federer saw his chances spiking back in 2014 having Stan Wawrinka as an opponent. Despite being a set down in the final, Wawrinka built his way back into the final eventually outlasting Federer in the 3rd set. On top of all this sea of bitterness, Federer managed to sprinkle some light last year when he made his comeback on the ATP circuit at this very tournament.

He only made it to the quarterfinals where an inspired Jo-Wilfried Tsonga claimed the victory after being a set down. Regarding the present tense. Federer and Nishikori are the only 2 top 10 names still to be put on the participants' list in Monte Carlo.

A fruitful run in Miami would damage the chances

If Federer advances in the higher stages of Miami tournament, the odds of seeing him competing in Monte Carlo will be diminished.

Besides, the clay court is not his favorite place to show the best tennis. The slowest surface of all, clay demands a huge squander of energy. It's more likely that Federer will play in Madrid, then will have some time off just before the French Open thus eluding the event in Rome. Is still too early to be sure of his schedule on the European clay. First and foremost, he must keep himself away from any potential injury.