After being away from the tennis courts for over a year, former ATP number one Roger Federer returned to compete in the wealthy ATP 250 in Doha, where he lost in the quarter-finals to future winner of the Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili.
Qatar event. Having skipped the Dubai Championship, 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 from 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 succeeded. Speaking before the start of the tournament, as We Love Tennis reported, Thierry Grin, director of the Geneva Open, said: “Roger Federer does not come 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 begin on May 16 and end on May 22. 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 huge favorite in the French capital, despite the fact that he has only won one of three clay-court events this year: the Godò Tournament in Barcelona, losing in the quarter-finals in Monte Carlo and Madrid.
The last match between the Mallorcan and King Roger was played in the 2019 Wimbledon semi-final, won by the Swiss in the fourth set. Roger will have to defend the final in London, which he lost with two chances in his service to finish the match definitively.
Serbian Novak Djokovic, absent in Madrid, will return to the field of Rome. Roger Federer made his fans happy by returning to the court at the Qatar Open 2021. He also announced that he will play in the 2021 French Open and the 2021 ATP Geneva Open.
Roger Federer on his work for Switzerland Tourism
In one of his recent media interactions with the New York Times, Roger Federer opened up about his work for Switzerland Tourism. The Swiss had earlier outlined some of his favorite hiking trails in Switzerland on the organization's website.
When asked to describe a few of those, Federer mentioned the beautiful trails in Gstaad, Appenzell and Graubunden. "Some of the most spectacular hiking trails I like are by Gstaad in these Bernese Alps. It's not so brutally up and down, it's more of an even slope, which is great for hiking.
The same goes for Appenzell, which is a very nice place that's not so famous," Roger Federer said. "When I was injured in 2016 I spent a lot of time on the hiking trails in Graubunden, where I live now. One of my goals when I retire is that I'll have time to explore our mountain bike trails. Mountain biking has really become big in Switzerland."