“Not Looking to Compete Straight Against Them”: Roger Federer on Playing Against Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

Published 05/17/2021, 4:38 AM EDT
Roger Federer of Switzerland looks on during his Men’s Singles Semifinal match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day eleven of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 30, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)


Tennis fans are quite excited about the Geneva Open 2021 as Roger Federer will be returning to the court there. The Swiss Maestro will be making a comeback after quite some time and there are doubts about whether he is fully fit or not. Federer last played a professional match at the Qatar Open 2021 where he couldn’t go past the second round of the tournament.

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In a recent interview, Federer revealed that he can’t compete with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic right away. He believes that currently, he is on one side and the other two are on another side.

Rafael Nadal of Spain and Roger Federer of Switzerland embrace at the net after their men’s singles semi-final match. Day thirteen of the 2019 French Open at Roland Garros on June 07, 2019, in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

“Of course there are some question marks. But Nadal and Djokovic are on a side and I on the other. I will tell more after ten matches, but right now I’m not looking to compete straight against them,” said Federer.

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However, Federer also mentioned that he would probably be in a better place after playing some matches on tour. As of now, Nadal and Djokovic are in superb form as they recently played at the finals of the Italian Open 2021. On the other hand, Federer has just recovered from a knee injury and hasn’t had much match practice.

Roger Federer might face Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic at the French Open 2021

Federer will soon begin his ATP Geneva Open 2021 campaign. He is the top-seeded player there and will try to gain some form and momentum on clay. His fans will also be doubly thrilled because he recently announced that he would play at the French Open 2021.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia shakes hands with Roger Federer of Switzerland at the net following victory in his Men’s Singles final. Day Thirteen of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Since Roger is still a top-10 player in the ATP rankings, he might face Djoker or Rafa in the quarters of the Roland Garros. He can also face both of them if he manages to reach the finals by defeating either one of the two. However, both are the current top 2 players in the ATP rankings, and it certainly won’t be easy for Federer to beat them on clay.

Federer has only won the French Open title once in his career. He earned that 12 years ago, and he hasn’t been that great on clay lately. Will Federer be able to beat the odds and stun both Djokovic and Nadal at the Roland Garros this year?

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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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