Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have not met since Wimbledon 2019. Since the early stages of the previous season, the Swiss has been struggling with a knee injury, skipping almost 13 months and undergoing two surgeries in February and May of the year.
past. In March, Roger returned to action in Doha, playing two games and taking another break before taking the pitch in Geneva this week. Competing in his third match since January last year, Federer built a 4-2 lead in the deciding set against Pablo Andujar in the second round before dropping four straight games to propel the opponent into the quarters.
Seeking form and matches before Halle and Wimbledon, Federer will try his luck at Roland Garros in June, returning to Paris for the first time in two years and hoping for another deep run as in 2019. Roland Garros tournament director Guy Forget believes that Roland Garros will help Roger develop his confidence and form before his beloved grass swing where he wants to chase titles.
Forget also mentioned that Federer could meet his old rival Rafael Nadal in the second week, which would be huge for all tennis fans. Nadal and Federer had met five times in Paris between 2005-2011, and Federer won just four sets in total.
After eight years, Rafa and Roger were once again rivals on Parisian clay in the semi-finals two years ago. Rafa beat Roger 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in two hours and 25 minutes, advancing to the 12th Roland Garros. It was Nadal's fourteenth victory on clay against Federer in 16 matches and the tenth in 13 major encounters, advancing towards the title clash against Dominic Thiem.
Losing the previous five duels against Roger and seeking the first victory since the 2014 Australian Open, Rafa was determined to finally overcome a great rival and extend his Parisian dominance, securing victory 92 in 94 matches in his favorite tournament.
Federer returned to the ATP tour following a one-year absence
Ahead of his long-awaited claycourt return in Geneva, Roger Federer spoke about his last appearance on the red dirt - which came at the 2019 French Open. The 39-year-old's last appearance on clay was at Roland Garros 2019, where he lost in the semifinals to Rafael Nadal.
Speaking about that experience in his press conference on Monday, Federer claimed he played a "good" tournament but that the semifinal was "dead" because of bad weather conditions. "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."