“Doesn’t Mean That I Ain’t Going to be Hard to Beat”: Roger Federer’s Honest Admission Ahead of French Open 2021

Published 05/29/2021, 12:42 PM EDT
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – FEBRUARY 05: Roger Federer during the arrival press conference in Cape Town ahead of The Match in Africa against Rafael Nadal at Cape Town International Airport on February 05, 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Reg Caldecott/Gallo Images/Getty Images)


The 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer will be playing a Grand Slam after almost 17 months when he’ll step on the court at the French Open 2021.

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The Swiss Maestro hasn’t played much tennis lately and is surely out of form at the moment. However, keeping his track record in mind, fans believe that he can surely make an impressive comeback.

In his pre-tournament press conference, Roger Federer appeared quite confident. He said that even though he is not at his best at the moment, his opponents must not take him lightly.

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He believes that he has still got a lot of tennis left inside of him and can defeat quite a lot of players at the French Open 2021.

“I know my limitations at the moment. But that doesn’t mean that I ain’t going to be hard to beat,” said Federer in the pre-tournament press conference.

Federer is about to be 40 soon and in a situation like this, it is surely hard for him to compete with the players who are almost half his age. However, he is not ready to give up and instead, issued a stern warning to them ahead of Roland Garros 2021.

The path of Roger Federer at the French Open 2021

Former World No.1 Federer will begin his campaign at the French Open 2021 on May 31st, 2021, against Denis Istomin. Undoubtedly, he has got quite a tough draw at the French Open this year.

PARIS, FRANCE May 23. Roger Federer of Switzerland practicing on Court Philippe-Chatrier in preparation for the 2019 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on May 23rd, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Even though his first round is comparatively easy, the Swiss Maestro will have to face Marin Cilic in the second round. The trouble becomes more if he manages to reach the quarters of the tournament, he’ll be up against Novak Djokovic.

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If Federer somehow defeats Nole, he’ll encounter Rafael Nadal in the semis. Interestingly, the Spaniard defeated him in straight sets when the two faced each other in the semis of the French Open 2019.

Without a doubt, Roland Garros 2021 is going to be a big challenge for Federer. However, he is fit and can cause quite a few upsets at the Grand Slam. Will Federer be able to conquer Paris one more time?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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