That's why he added this week's Italian Open to his schedule.
Federer says he was "in the mood to play," adding "honestly, I love to play matches. Regardless of what happens here, I just think it's good for me to play matches at this stage."
After reaching the Madrid Open quarterfinals last week upon his return to clay after a two-year absence, Federer went to Switzerland. He said the cool weather at home also convinced him to make the trip to Rome.
Federer is preparing for the French Open, which starts in less than two weeks.
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