Roger Federer was in a difficult section of the main draw at the Gonet Geneva Open before his debut in this ATP 250 tournament that begins next week and in which he is the first seeded. See full table. In a loaded upper quarter, the 20-time Grand Slam champion will face Australian Jordan Thompson or Spanish Pablo Andujar in the second round.
If he can fight his way through that match, Federer is likely to face a difficult quarter-final encounter. Federer shares the top quarter of the table with Santiago champion Cristian Garín and former world No. 3 Marin Cilic.
Fifth seed Garin will begin his title fight against Marton Fucsovics, while Cilic will face Swiss #NextGenATP Dominic Stephan Stricker. Garín has been one of the most consistent players on clay in recent years. The Chilean has accumulated five ATP Tour titles on the surface since 2019, including his home win in Santiago this year.
Federer has also faced stiff competition against Cilic in the past. The Croatian earned a straight sets win against Federer on his way to the 2014 US Open title and also pushed the Swiss to five sets in the 2016 Wimbledon quarter-finals and the 2018 Australian Open final.
Additionally, Federer has played three close ATP Head2Head matches against Fucsovics in the past. This year's Rotterdam runner-up pushed Federer to four sets at last year's Australian Open and reached tiebreaks in his previous two matches against the 39-year-old.
Federer will make his second appearance of the year and will compete on clay for the first time since Roland Garros in 2019. The top seed returned to the ATP Tour for the first time in 13 months at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in March, where he lost to eventual champion Nikoloz Basilashvili in the quarterfinals.
Federer will aim to join Claudio Mezzadri (1987), Marc Rosset (1989) and Stan Wawrinka (2016-‘17) as the fourth Swiss player to lift the Geneva trophy. Second seed Denis Shapovalov tops the bottom half of the table. The Canadian will hope to build on his strong performance in the third round against Rafael Nadal in Rome this week, where he had two match points against the nine-time Italian tournament champion before falling in the final set tiebreaker.
Roger Federer has received the antiviral jab
Roger Federer recently talked at length about the situation revolving around the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the fate of which hangs in the balance due to the surge in COVID-19 cases in Japan.
Federer also revealed that he has gotten the COVID-19 vaccine, while asserting that he took it primarily for the benefit of others. "It's difficult," Roger Federer told Switzerland's Leman Bleu television.
"We're not hearing much. That makes me think the Games will happen, even if I've heard that lots of people in Tokyo are against the Games." Roger Federer, who is chasing his first gold medal in singles, went on to reveal that he wouldn't mind if the Tokyo Olympics were called off due to the healthcare situation in Japan.
"But if that doesn't happen due to the situation, I would be the first to understand," Federer said. "But I think what the athletes need is a decision: is it happening or isn't it?"