Tennis: Federer says he's recharged after break

AP, Sunday 6 May 2012

Roger Federer says he's ready after a monthlong break from tennis to challenge Novak Djokovic for the No. 1 ranking

Roger Federer

The third-ranked Federer is set to return at the Madrid Open, a tournament he won in 2006 and 2009.

Federer said Sunday he's ''excited to be back'' after a long offseason, but it was a break he needed ''after playing so, so much.'' He adds that he's now in a ''good position'' to regain the top ranking if he wins a major championship.

The 30-year-old Swiss calls Rafael Nadal the tournament favorite. He's also withholding judgment on the event's new blue clay surface. Federer says it ''feels different,'' but he wants to play a match on center court before giving his opinion.

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