Roger Federer will be back on the pitch this week at the ATP Geneva, which will be an important testing ground for learning more about the condition of the 20-time Grand Slam champion. The last time we saw him was in Doha a couple of months ago, when he conveyed mixed feelings.
Beyond the defeat against Nikoloz Basilashvili, the Swiss phenomenon still seemed rather behind in terms of physical strength, often going into difficulty as soon as the exchange stretched. We are getting closer and closer to the great goals of his 2021, namely Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, which have been postponed by twelve months due to the global pandemic.
The former world number 1 will also take part in Roland Garros, although the Paris tournament has been postponed for a week due to the delicate health situation in France. In a recent interview with 'RTS', the 39-year-old from Basel explained the reasons behind his decision to play on clay.
We recall that the Maestro has played only two matches in the last year and a half.
Roger Federer is not too concerned with the results
"These passages through Geneva and Roland Garros are intended to get me going again," Roger Federer explained.
"The matches I will play there are like somewhat privileged training sessions." Federer went on to stress that he is not too concerned with the results in the coming weeks, and that he is happy to finally break free of his lengthy rehabilitation phase.
"Although the results are not crucial, I am happy to play again and to be able to forget the fitness side, the rehabilitation," Federer said. "I am very happy with this program. For me, playing Geneva is the ideal scenario."
Rafael Nadal emerged as the champion of the Italian Open 2021 last night. It was the tenth title for the Spaniard in Rome and with this, he also won the 36th ATP Masters title of his career. Rafa has been brilliant on clay and no one in the sport has come even close to defeating him there, not even Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer.
In a recent tweet, American tennis player Mardy Fish revealed his top five clay-court ATP players. Undoubtedly, Rafael Nadal is at the top of his list and Novak Djokovic is second on the list. Following these two are Roger Federer, Bjorn Borg, and Guillermo Vilas.
However, 18-time Grand Slam champion and a Roger Federer fan, Chris Evert, had some issues with Fish’s rankings. In another tweet, she stated that according to her, Borg should be ahead of Federer.