It would be useless to deny that much more was expected from Roger Federer in these first appearances in 2021. After the quarterfinals reached in Doha in March, complete with a wasted match point against Nikoloz Basilashvili, the Swiss phenomenon has already left the scene.
debut in the ATP 250 in Geneva. A defeat made even more bitter by the fact that it was his only preparation test ahead of Roland Garros. The former world number 1 has repeatedly specified that the Parisian Grand Slam is not a goal for him this year, but doubts grow when you consider that King Roger has only played three matches in the season when there is a month and a half to go.
start of Wimbledon. It seems clear by now that the 20-time Grand Slam champion will show up in London without much rhythm in his legs, a not insignificant aspect for a player who will turn 40 on 8 August. The Basel veteran has been questioned about his retirement from tennis repeatedly over the past decade, but the rumors have gotten even more insistent in recent months.
In an interview with 'GQ Magazine', Federer reiterated that he had never thought about goodbye.
Roger Federer is expected to be part of the French Open 2021
"I don’t know, I’m really relaxed about where my career is, where my life is," Roger Federer said.
"And I know that this [moment] is one last big, huge opportunity for me to do something great. I mean, it’s always like this when you have achieved as much as I have." Federer pointed out that he wouldn't have gone through the pains and troubles of his rehabilitation period in 2020 if he had given up hope of winning more titles.
"I want to win more, otherwise, I wouldn’t have gone through the whole [last] year of surgeries and the process of doing five weeks on crutches and rehab," Federer said. "I truly believe I can do it again.
[But] I first have to prove to myself that the body can take it. The mind is ready to go." It is one of the toughest challenges across all sports to beat Nadal on a clay court and Alexander Zverev did that in Madrid earlier this month.
Stefanos Tsitsipas played a roller-coaster match against Rafa in the finals at Barcelona, and he did show glimpses of his talent on clay. Besides, these young guns, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will be a threat to all players. He is the only player to beat Rafael Nadal seven times on a clay court.
In other developments, Swiss star Roger Federer is expected to be part of the French Open 2021. It will be interesting to see how these players perform, especially the players belonging to the next generation. Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas have a good chance of winning their first Grand Slam title.