The 2021 Geneva Open celebrated its main draw where all the spotlight is on Roger Federer and his return to activity. Although the Swiss will start as the first seed, he is far from being considered one of the favorites to fight for the title next week in his country.
Federer will lead the top of the draw and, like the other top three seeds, will only debut in the second round. Roger will have to make his debut against the winner of the clash between Australian Jordan Thompson and Spanish Pablo Andújar.
Later he would face the Chilean Cristian Garín (5) or the Croatian Marin Cilic. At the very top of the table are the Norwegian Casper Ruud (3) and the French Benoit Pairé (7). Ruud has just skipped the Rome Masters after his great performance at the Caja Mágica.
In the background, the best positioned is the Canadian Denis Shapovalov (2) who will try to maintain the great level that he showed during this week at the Rome Open. Shapovalov will debut with the Italian Stefano Travaglia or a player from the 'qualy' Later he could meet the experienced Fabio Fognini (6) or the Argentine Guido Pella.
In that same quadrant, there are the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov (4), the Frenchman Adrian Mannarino (8) and because of how he is, the American giant Reilly Opelka cannot be ruled out. This was the fate that brought the Geneva ATP 250 draw to the favorites.
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Federer would be happy to win any medal for his nation
Roger Federer has a gold medal in doubles from the 2008 Olympics and a silver in singles from the 2012 Games.
But the top honor in the singles discipline has eluded the World No. 8 all this while. "I would love to play in the Olympics, win a medal for Switzerland, that would make me so proud," added the Swiss. Roger Federer further claimed that while there could always be a situation where the Games are called off, as an athlete you can always choose to skip the event voluntarily.
"At the moment, we have the impression that it will," Roger Federer continued. "We know it's a fluid situation. And also you can also decide as an athlete if you want to go. If you feel there's a lot of resistance, maybe it's better not to go. I don't know."