'The gap between Roger Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and the others...', says top analyst



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'The gap between Roger Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and the others...', says top analyst

Roger Federer confirms his presence at the Roland Garros tournament. The Swiss tennis player announced it this morning, and confirmed that this year he will participate in the Geneva Open as a warm-up for the Grand Slam on the clay court.

«Happy to let you know that I will play in Geneva and Paris - Federer tweeted - Until then, I will use the time to train. I can't wait to play in Switzerland again». The 20-time Grand Slam winner, who will turn 40 in August, underwent two arthroscopic surgeries on his right knee last year and missed the season after the Australian Open in January.

He returned to the Tour last month in Doha, Qatar, where he won a match and reached the quarter-finals. This year's French Open will begin on May 30, a week later than originally scheduled as organizers want to allow more fans to participate in the tournament in the midst of the Covid pandemic.

Federer last played at Roland Garros in 2019, when he was defeated in the semifinals by arch-rival Rafael Nadal who equaled Federer's all-time record of 20 titles after last year's French Open triumph. year. Current world number 1 Novak Djokovic is chasing the duo with 18 titles.

In a recent conversation with Ben Rothenberg and Simon Cambers on Tennis Majors, Marion Bartoli opined that tennis is not prepared to handle the void that will be left when Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic call it a day.

Ben Rothenberg on the future of tennis

"I think these are going to be some rebuilding years for the ATP," Ben Rothenberg explained. "But construction is already underway. Once you get someone like Hurkacz winning Miami, now for the rest of his time entering draws, Hurkacz will be Miami champion...

and when he makes a Roland-Garros quarterfinal or something if he does, it won't be as random." But Rothenberg did agree, however, that the younger generation will continue to face a tough time trying to take over the mantle from Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

"But there will be some rough times as that transition happens because the men really haven't had a big torch-passing moment, like the women did when Naomi Osaka beat Serena Williams in the US Open final... where a young guy wins a Grand Slam final over one of the Big 3 and that moment will be big for the sport, until then the gap does really look big," added Rothenberg.