The 20-time Major champion Roger Federer will compete at one of four most notable tennis events for the first time in 16 months in Paris next week. Struggling with a knee injury, Federer has played only three tournaments since the start of 2020, reaching the Australian Open semi-final in January and undergoing two surgeries in February and May to wrap up the season and switch focus on 2021.
Working on his game on the practice court since October, Roger made a long-awaited return in Doha in March, playing two matches and returning to the practice court for another two months. Playing at home in Geneva last week, Roger lost to Pablo Andujar after building a 4-2 advantage in the final set to experience another early exit ahead of Roland Garros.
Roger will use the second Major to shape his game ahead of his beloved grass swing, hoping to gain momentum in Paris and use it in Halle and London in June and July.
Alex Corretja backs Roger Federer to reach the second round at Roland Garros.
Skipping Roland Garros between 2016-2018, Federer returned to Paris two years ago and advanced into the semis, achieving a notable result before losing to Rafael Nadal in straight sets.
Alex Corretja believes that Roger should be pleased with three or four wins in Paris, stating it would be good for the Swiss if he can stay in the competition until the second week. Corretja understands that Roger should use those encounters on the slow surface to gain momentum, rhythm on his groundstrokes and return, and unique feeling in the crucial points, including break chances.
Federer claimed only Roland Garros crown in 2009, beating Robin Soderling in the title clash and completing a Career Grand Slam at 27. "In my opinion, if Roger reaches the quarter-final, it would be a fantastic result for him.
If I was Roger, I would go step by step, but advancing into the quarter-final would be a notable result that would give him the rhythm he needs ahead of the grass swing. Those Roland Garros matches would provide him with momentum in the crucial points, shape up his return and get his forehand and backhand where he wants them to be.
If he plays a couple of challenging encounters and maybe some five-setter, Roger should get a feeling ahead of grass. I think that Roger should be pleased with reaching the Roland Garros second week," Alex Corretja said.