Roger Federer backs ATP break

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One of the sport’s most prominent players has urged the ATP to consider introducing a longer break during the season, in order to give it's players a better chance to combat fatigue and injury.

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Injuries within the intense touring cycle that the current schedule promotes are becoming more and more commonplace.

The Swiss champion, who has amassed 16-Grand Slam titles in his time playing the sport, believes that a change is needed to protect the players.

The current ATP off-season break is a mere four weeks but Federer and many other players would like to see that total changed into six weeks, in order to provide a “proper” break.

"I think it's time we shifted back a bit and we get a proper off-season," said Federer.

"Four weeks is just not enough. I think six is much better as you can take two weeks off... practise three, four weeks which is a lot for us in our world."

Many critics of the ATP's high intensity schedule have highlighted the current Paris Masters tournament as a prime example of its faults; world number one Rafael Nadal and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are just two of the big names that are missing.

Nadal is suffering from acute tendonitis in his left shoulder, as well as recurring problems with his knee.

The Spaniard is another supporter of the movement to increase the break that the ATP's players receive during their off-season.

The appeal seems to be gaining ground, thanks in no small part to the fact that the world's top three players are giving it their support: Nadal, Federer and world number three Novak Djokovic.

Following a spate of impressive performances of late, bet365, Sky Bet and Ladbrokes offer 9/2 odds that Roger Federer will win two Grand Slams during 2011.


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