World No 2 Andy Murray hopes his reduced schedule this year will help him find the right balance ahead of the French Open.
The Scot begins his bid for the ATP Rome Masters title when he takes on Spain's Marcel Granollers in the second round of the claycourt event.
Murray has spent time on the practice courts working on his game with coach Ivan Lendl but in order to avoid suffering from fatigue, he has also taken time out.
He told Sky Sports: "Because the tournaments are so close to each other it's important to get rest, so that once you get to the French Open, you aren't burnt out or tired because the matches are obviously over five sets.
"You need to make sure you use your days as best as you can, train hard when you have the chance to, but go easy when you have to.
"I spent a lot of time after Monte Carlo practising hard because I had two weeks before my next event.
"But then just now, the days between the tournaments you stay in a rhythm but not overdo it. It's tough to find that balance sometimes."