'The better Roger Federer is at Roland Garros...', says former ATP star

The Swiss Maestro has been the epitome of sustained excellence and longevity

by Simone Brugnoli
'The better Roger Federer is at Roland Garros...', says former ATP star

The last participation of the Swiss Roger Federer in the Roland Garros tournament dates back to two years ago, when he was able to overtake Lorenzo Sonego, Oscar Otte, Casper Ruud, Leonardo Mayer and compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka before losing to the bitter rival.

Rafael Nadal, defeated in three sets. Eleven years have now passed since the first and only triumph of the Basel champion at the Bois de Boulogne, which came thanks to the victory in the last match against the revelation Robin Soderling, the only player besides Novak Djokovic to have managed to beat Nadal on these fields.

This year, Federer is expected to make his return to Paris immediately after taking part in the tournament in Geneva, Switzerland. Having dropped to number 8 in the world rankings, Roger took part exclusively in the Doha round in Qatar in 2021, where he lost to Nikoloz Basilashvili in the quarter-finals.

Forget on Roger Federer

Guy Forget, the tournament director of Roland Garros, recently gave his thoughts on Roger Federer's achievements at the claycourt Slam in the Rafael Nadal era. Forget believes Federer would've been immensely successful at Roland Garros in Nadal's absence, and might have even won 5 or 6 titles there.

"That Roger Federer comes to play Roland Garros seems logical to me," Forget said. "This will allow him to play, and especially to test himself. Clay is a living surface that requires you to be precise in your investments. The better Federer is at Roland Garros, the better he will be at Wimbledon." After much speculation around crowd attendance in the middle of a pandemic, it is now official!

The French Open 2021 will have spectators. The French Tennis Federation, the organizers of the event, will allow up to 5,388 spectators per day during the tournament. This event has already been delayed by a week due to the pandemic.

Gilles Moretton, president, French Tennis Federation, said the decision to delay the start of the French Open by a week has paid rich dividends as it will not only allow them to let more spectators in but also guarantee the health of all the stakeholders, including players.

“We were rewarded for the choice we made to postpone the Roland-Garros tournament by a week. We had two objectives — as many spectators as possible, and the guarantee of health security,” Moretton said. Though the organizers would allow a little over 5,000 spectators at the start of the Grand Slam, there’s a word on bigger crowds, even in excess of 13,000, being allowed towards the business-end of the tournament.

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