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Federer keen to leave hard courts

Roger Federer smashes his racquet in frustration
Roger Federer smashes his racquet in frustration in the final set

Roger Federer admitted he cannot wait to head for Europe's clay courts after a humbling defeat by Novak Djokovic on the hard courts of Miami.

The world number two played poorly as he lost 3-6 6-2 6-3 in the Sony Ericsson Open semi-finals.

Federer has not won a title of any sort since October and is without an elite Masters 1000 win since 2007.

And the defeat prompted the 13-time Grand Slam champion to say: "Thank God the hard-court season is over."

The 27-year-old Swiss played magnificently last September as he won the US Open to move within one of Pete Sampras's record of 14 Grand Slam titles, but he has rarely matched the performances of Flushing Meadows in recent months.

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Federer has made only one final in four events this year, suffering a five-set defeat by Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final that left him in tears.

A back injury then briefly sidelined the former world number one and he finishes the early hard-court season without a victory, and with the clay-court season - generally his least productive - about to begin.

"I haven't been winning 20 tournaments in a row, so nobody expects me to win really," said Federer.

"It's been a tough last year or so, especially on hard courts where my game never really clicked except for the US Open, where I thought I played great.

"I think when I was finding my form again it hit me with the back problem. It was unfortunate but thank God the hard-court season is over.

"I don't care any more. I'm moving over to clay, a new chapter."

Federer, who is entered into only two events prior to the French Open, insists he does not a need a coach despite his current problems.

"I've had five coaches in the last two years," he said.



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