Roger Federer returns to Roland Garros two years after Rafael Nadal loss

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Roger Federer returns to Roland Garros two years after Rafael Nadal loss

The 20-time Major champion Roger Federer shared the great news with his fans on Sunday, announcing he would play at the Geneva Open and Roland Garros in May and June and preparing for an exciting clay swing. The 39-year-old withdrew from Rome a couple of days ago and will not compete at the season's second Masters 1000 clay event in Madrid either, taming another month of the court before stepping on the court in Geneva.

Thus, Roger will have the opportunity to win the first ATP title on clay at home since Gstaad 2004 and the first overall in the home country since the Laver Cup and Basel in 2019. The Geneva Open organizers were thrilled when they found out about the decision to move Roland Garros a week further, creating the gap towards the season's second Major and seeing it as a chance for Roger to compete in one of his favorite cities.

After Geneva, Federer will take a week off and enter his 19th Roland Garros at the end of May, hoping to continue where he left in 2019.

Roger Federer will play at Roland Garros for the 19th time.

Despite a shorter grass swing in comparison to the previous years, Roger will try his luck on the Parisian clay, winning the event in 2009 and completing a Career Grand Slam in that emotional final against Robin Soderling.

Federer opted to skip Roland Garros in 2016, 2017 and 2018, not playing on the slowest surface for two years before returning in 2019. Finding his old clay magic, Roger beat five rivals to reach the semis two years ago, setting a thrilling clash against Rafael Nadal and losing it 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in two hours and 25 minutes.

Fourteen years after the first semi-final clash at Roland Garros, Roger and Rafa were engaged in another battle for the final at clay Major, with the Spaniard having the upper hand from start to finish to deliver the 24th triumph over Federer in 39 encounters, the 14th in 16 clashes on the slowest surface and tenth in 13 Major duels.

Federer had to skip 13 months after the last year's Australian Open, undergoing two knee surgeries and returning a month ago in Doha. After two matches in Qatar, Federer decided to skip Dubai and Miami, thinking about his schedule and adding Geneva and Roland Garros to his calendar.