After being away from the tennis courts for more than a year, former ATP number one Roger Federer returned to compete in the rich ATP 250 in Doha, where he lost in the quarter-finals to Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, future winner of the Qatari event.
Having skipped the Dubai Championships, the Swiss champion will now return to the field in Geneva, where he has never played. The Geneva Open, an event belonging to the 'ATP 250' category, was created in 1980 and ran until 1991, and then returned to the calendar starting in 2015.
Throughout its history it has seen players such as Bjorn Borg, Mats Wilander, Henri Leconte, Marc Rosset and Thomas Muster triumph, while in recent years Stan Wawrinka and Alexander Zverev have achieved success.
Federer announced that he will play at the French Open 2021
Speaking before the start of the tournament, as reported by We Love Tennis, Thierry Grin - director of the Geneva Open - said: “Roger Federer is not coming here just to say hello.
He comes to win games before his big goal, which is Wimbledon”. The new edition of the Geneva tournament will start on May 16th and will end on May 22nd. Federer should then return to play at Roland Garros in Paris, won in 2009 and in which he played in the semifinal two years ago, before the Coronavirus pandemic.
Thirteen-time champion Rafael Nadal is a big favorite in the French capital, even though he has only won one of three clay court events this year: the Godò Tournament in Barcelona, losing instead in the quarter-finals in Monte Carlo and Madrid.
The last match between the Majorcan and King Roger was staged in the semifinal of Wimbledon 2019, won by the Swiss in the fourth set. Roger will have to defend the final in London, which he lost with two chances on his serve to end the match for good.
The Serbian Novak Djokovic, absent in Madrid, will return to the field in Rome. Roger Federer made his fans happy by returning to court at the Qatar Open 2021. He also announced that he will play at the French Open 2021 and the ATP Geneva Open 2021.
However, Federer has opted to sit out the Rome Masters 2021 as he trims his schedule for optimum match fitness. Even though the Swiss maestro has played four finals at the Italian Open, he hasn’t won a single title there.
It is one of the tournaments that Federer hasn’t been able to conquer in his prolific career so far and that won’t be changing this year.