After a not exactly exciting return in the 'home' Masters 250 in Geneva, Roger Federer is preparing to return to Roland Garros after having skipped, as is well known, the unusual 2020 autumn version. The last match played by the Swiss in the Parisian Grand Slam remains, therefore, the semifinal lost in three sets against Rafa Nadal on a weather-stormy day.
As mentioned, the running-in of the very Swiss champion did not go as probably Roger himself hoped: in Geneva, in fact, Federer was defeated on his debut by Pablo Andujar in a match in which the Swiss seemed to have managed to solve many problems, especially technical , but at the most beautiful he let himself be squeezed by four consecutive games that transformed the 4-2 advantage in the decisive set into 6-4 for his opponent.
There has, however, been no turnaround in preparation and, therefore, Federer will be regularly at the starting line at Roland Garros where he has already made it known that winning the tournament is certainly not an option.
"I cannot set my goal in becoming champion in Paris at Roland Garros 2021 because I know I will not succeed. Anyone who thought that I would return immediately to the field and win Roland Garros was very wrong", these are the words of the Swiss.
Always interesting to reveal in advance how Roger will take the field in Paris: Christophe Lemaire of Uniqlo has designed two suits for Federer. If one should be the one already shown in the match in Geneva against Andujar, the other has not yet been revealed.
As shown in the photo, Federer should wear a red polo shirt with dark blue details with shorts in complementary colors to the shirt, namely blue with red details. From the photos that circulate, the shade of red would seem very clear, almost salmon.
A decidedly more 'aggressive' choice than the previous edition of Roland Garros where Uniqlo had opted for a white shirt with gray shorts.
Roger Federer on his 2019 French Open
Speaking about that experience in his press conference on Monday, Roger Federer claimed he played a "good" tournament but that the semifinal was "dead" because of bad weather conditions.
"It was a good tournament. I played well," Federer said. "This match against Rafa was of course completely dead with the wind. I saw everything against him, but it was finally quite funny in these conditions. There are some exchanges that you normally cannot play at all."
Rafael Nadal defeated Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in the match, which was marred by stormy winds throughout. "Afterwards, I was not at all disappointed," the Swiss said. "Sometimes, I even laughed internally on certain points that we played.
I was happy to have played in Paris at the time. At that time, I didn't know if I even wanted to replay Roland Garros in my career."