Roger Federer will turn 40 in August and is in a race against time to clinch one last major before hanging up his racquet. The Swiss phenomenon has targeted Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, with the possibility of winning that gold medal in singles that has always eluded him to this day.
To reach 100% condition, the former world number 1 will take part in two tournaments on red, namely the Geneva Open and Roland Garros. The 39-year-old from Basel's last participation in the Parisian Grand Slam dates back to 2019, when he pushed himself to the semifinals by giving up in three sets to his eternal rival Rafael Nadal.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion took his revenge a few weeks later at Wimbledon, but in the final he took one of the most heinous insults of his career. Two wasted match points had in fact precluded the chance of winning his ninth title at the Championships.
In a conversation on the Tennis Channel, former American tennis star Andy Roddick expressed his opinion on King Roger's plight.
Roddick talks about Roger Federer
"Roger Federer throughout his career has not played events he's not ready to play," Andy Roddick said.
"He's been fine sitting out weeks, months, especially late in his career he's been really pragmatic about what he plays. At this point of his career, what it tells me is he wants to play in front of his home crowd, wants to play Roland Garros," Roddick added.
"Maybe he doesn't know what next year brings, for me he's dealing with being fully fit. This says he wants a chance to potentially say goodbye to Roland Garros if next year doesn't happen." Jim Courier then reiterated that Roger Federer's main goal for the year would be doing well in the grasscourt season.
"All of this clay is just a preamble to the main course, which is the grasscourt season," Courier said. "That's what he's trying to get ready for Andy, I don't know if he's that concerned about results much as how does his body come out of clay and into the grass."
Twenty-time Grand Slam champion and former world number one Roger Federer is gearing up to make a much-awaited return on the clay courts this year as he chose to play at his home tournament in Geneva, which starts on May 16th.
Following the announcement of the postponement of Roland Garros by one week, the Swiss maestro opted to skip other events and compete in his country in his preparations for the French Open2021. While Federer’s initial comeback at the Qatar Open was a mixed bag, the Swiss star remained optimistic about his chances of playing at the highest level once again. He believes that his journey on the ATP Tour this year truly starts from Wimbledon.