Thinking about his schedule and the best way to get back at 100% by Halle and Wimbledon, Roger Federer decided to enter two ATP tournaments on clay this spring. Following that nasty knee injury, Federer stayed away from the court for 13 months, returning two months ago in Doha and playing only two matches ahead of this week's Geneva Open.
Playing at home, Roger couldn't make a deep run and gain form and momentum, forging a 4-2 advantage against Pablo Andujar in the final set before dropping the last four games to propel the opponent over the finish line.
Roger's next stop in Paris, returning to his least successful Major and hoping to repeat a notable run from two years ago when he reached the semis. Federer claimed the Parisian crown in 2009 when Robin Soderling took Rafael Nadal away from his path, suffering six Roland Garros losses against the Spaniard and failing to add more trophies to his tally.
Roland Garros tournament director Guy Forget is thrilled to have Roger in Paris, saying that it should do well for his game and preparations ahead of Halle and Wimbledon, where he wants to fight for the titles. Roger didn't play in Paris between 2016-2018, skipping the clay swing for a couple of years before embracing Madrid, Rome and Paris in 2019.
Guy Forget believes that Roger Federer should gain a lot by playing at Roland Garros.
The Swiss didn't forget how to play on the slowest surface, though, beating five rivals in Paris 2019 to reach the semis and set the sixth Roland Garros clash against Rafael Nadal.
Like in the previous five, the Spaniard had the upper hand and beat the Swiss in straight sets on a windy day. Federer will test his game in the best-of-five matches in Paris before switching focus to grass, where he wants to play competitive tennis and seek trophies.
"Roger Federer competing at Roland Garros seems logical to me. It will allow him to test himself and his current level. Clay is a vivid surface that requires you to be precise in everything you do. The better Federer plays at Roland Garros, the better he will be at Wimbledon.
If Rafael Nadal hadn't existed, Roger Federer would have won five or six Roland Garros titles, I'm sure about that. We could see the clash between Nadal and Federer in the second week," Guy Forget said.