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Federer discusses top tier of tour; next events

Federer discusses top tier of tour; next events

Roger Federer, who lost in the Dubai final to Novak Djokovic, on the upper crust of the men's tour:

"At the moment it looks like [Djokovic is dominating], but [Robin] Soderling hasn’t been playing bad himself if you look at his win/loss record this year; [Andy] Murray was in the finals again at the Australian Open, so he’s obviously in the conversation as well," he said. "After that, you have guys tearing apart a few of the clay court tournaments in other parts of world. I think the Top 5 players have played really well the last six months. Someone always has to win one tournament. At the end of the day, we’ve been able to share those a little bit to be honest."

The Swiss also noted the slowness of the hard courts at Miami, coming up in mid-March. Federer’s next tournament will be at Indian Wells, held on hard courts which are also considered to be fairly slow.

"It’s going to be different conditions again. It’s going to be flying, but it’s going to be slower. So it’s going to be a challenge to balance those two things in Indian Wells. And then Miami is going to be really slow. They’ve really slowed down conditions there drastically over the years, I thought. And with the humidity the ball doesn’t fly as much."—Matthew Cronin

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