Now it's official, Roger Federer will be back on the pitch at the Mutua Madrid Open. After his last appearance in 2019, the Swiss will take part in the Spanish tournament in view of his goals: Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics.
The king is present in the entry list of the tournament and has the top seed n. 7 of the men's scoreboard. The last time he played in Madrid, in 2019, he lost to Dominic Thiem, but the Spanish capital always offers great memories: there are three titles won by Roger.
It was also one of two wins over Nadal on clay here (2009 final). Federer wants to participate in a couple of tournaments on this unsuitable surface to gain fitness and thus be ready for his two seasonal goals, Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics.
In the return to the field in Doha, however, the Swiss did not appear ready yet, immediately leaving the scene with the Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili in the quarter-finals (after the painful victory with Daniel Evans). In Madrid there will be the top twelve players in the world, demonstrating the great importance that the whole circuit gives to the tournament.
The No. 1 will be Novak Djokovic, while 2 is assigned to the new No. 2 of the world, Daniil Medvedev. Five-time champion Rafael Nadal will have the 3, while the two-time finalist (2017 and 2018) Dominic Thiem will be the No. 4 of the seeding.
The 2019 finalist, Stefanos Tsitsipas, completes the top five seeds. The top ten seeds were also awarded to Alexander Zverev, Andrey Rublev, Diego Schwartzman and Matteo Berrettini. Some of Roland Garros' professional photographers over the years were featured by the tournament recently, where they talked about capturing the likes of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer on the terre-battue.
Roger Federer returned to the court at the Qatar Open 2021
Cedric Lecocq was another photographer who was a part of the 2020 edition of the French Open. The Frenchman has worked at the Major tournament for about 15 years now, having captured a vast multitude of stars from the photographers' stands.
When asked who his favorite player to capture at Roland Garros was, Lecocq wasted little time in naming Roger Federer and listing some of the reasons why he adores the Swiss maestro. "I love the three great champions we have been lucky enough to watch in recent times," Lecocq said.
"I have a slight preference for Roger Federer, his calm attitude and his well-rounded game, with his superb one-handed backhand. And being world No.1 for 237 consecutive weeks was just incredible!"