Roger Federer: 'I knew that everything was missing'

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Roger Federer: 'I knew that everything was missing'

All tennis fans are eager to admire Roger Federer again. The last appearance of the Swiss phenomenon dates back to the ATP in Doha in early March, when he reached the quarter-finals by wasting a match point against Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili.

There is great curiosity and uncertainty to see the conditions of the former world number 1, who will have to try to juggle the surface that has historically created his greatest headaches. The 20-time Grand Slam champion will in fact be the number one seed in Geneva, in what represents his only test of preparation for Roland Garros.

The goal of the 39-year-old from Basel is to regain confidence and put matches in his legs to reach 100% at Wimbledon, without forgetting the dream called the Tokyo Olympics. The Swiss has never won the gold medal in singles, having had to settle for silver at the London Games in 2012.

King Roger was unable to go to Rio de Janeiro in 2016 due to a series of physical problems. In a long interview granted to 'RTS', Federer admitted that it will not be easy to get back to the top. In addition to the usual Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, Next Gen are now always close to taking the big step.

Roger Federer on the difficulties he is likely to face

"In Doha I was at the very begining of a mountain tour, where I didn't know how to get up that mountain, how much stamina I would have and how the body would react," Roger Federer said.

"I knew that everything was missing. The generation of Medvedev, Tsitsipas, Thiem and Zverev has not only improved but has more experience now," Federer said. "Nadal and Djokovic are still there... For me finding the level would be an extra challenge."

That said, Roger Federer believes that a few matches under his belt, coupled with a healthy body, will give him the impetus to become relevant again. "I think that when I will be healthy and I will be on court for long, I will increase my confidence and I will be again part of top tier," Federer added.

In the last season, Rafael Nadal lifted his 13th Roland Garros title after beating Novak Djokovic convincingly. In women’s, Polish teenager Iga Swiatek won her first-ever Grand Slam title. This year, the French Open is scheduled to begin on the 31st of May and will finish on the 13th of June.

This year too, Roland Garros was delayed by a week as the battle with the coronavirus pandemic still continues. It will be interesting to see who emerges victorious at this year’s Grand Slam tournament.