“Smart” Federer has been tipped to maintain his position at the top by a fellow veteran.

Feliciano Lopez believes Roger Federer’s (14/1 Men’s French Open 2017 outright) ability to manage his schedule will allow him to be successful at the highest level for some time to come.

The Swiss was written off in some quarters following his decision to take the last six months of 2016 off to rest but has bounced back and has rolled back the years.

January saw him finally claim an 18th Grand Slam title as he triumphed at the Australian Open and he has since gone on to win in Indian Wells and Miami.

Federer’s (3/1 Men’s Wimbledon 2017 outright) decision to rest following his victory in Florida has raised eyebrows around the game, with the upcoming French Open set to be his only competitive outing on clay.

The 35-year-old’s only previous Roland Garros triumph came in 2009 but his results already this year have understandably made him quietly confident about his chances of doubling his tally in Paris.

Lopez is the same age as Federer and has felt his wrath on a number of occasions, losing each of their 12 career meetings.

The Spaniard says he never doubted that his fellow veteran would be able to rediscover his form and believes the way in which he is currently managing his fitness can help him continue at the top level.

Lopez said: “Honestly I didn’t have any doubt that after not competing for such a long time he could play at a good level because he didn’t forget how to play.

“He is very smart with the way he handles himself physically, with the way he prepares, in the small changes in his game and racket. He used in a very good way the six months where he did not play.”

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