Found May 12, 2013 on Fox Sports:
Roger Federer says it's time for him to step up his game if he wants his recent seven-week break from the tennis circuit to start paying off. The 17-time Grand Slam winner returned to action last week at the Madrid Open and got his clay-court season off to a difficult start with a third-round loss to Kei Nishikori of Japan. Speaking at the Italian Open Sunday, Federer said ''I hope it's going to have some effect eventually. Clearly for that I need to start playing well now and put myself deep into a tournament.'' If he does manage to put together a few wins, Federer believes he'll be fresher mentally than his opponents. Federer has never won the Italian Open. His best results were reaching the final in 2003 and 2006.
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