Roger Federer Faces a Challenging Path for His Maiden Title at Geneva Open 2021

Published 05/14/2021, 12:55 PM EDT
Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts during his Men’s Singles first round match against Steve Johnson of the United States on day one of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 20, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images)


Twenty-time grand slam champion and former world number one Roger Federer will play his first clay-court tournament on his home soil this year at Geneva. The Swiss star also confirmed his participation at the French Open and skipped Madrid and Rome Masters.

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Roger Federer headlines the main draw at Geneva Open

Along with Federer, top players like Denis Shapovalov, Cristian Garin, Casper Ruud, Fabio Fognini, etc have also announced their participation in the Geneva Open. But, Stan Wawrinka chose to skip the tournament and will play at Roland Garros straight away. Bulgarian tennis star Grigor Dimitrov received a wild card to enter the tournament.

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The Swiss Maestro arrived at the event and also started practicing against Marton Fucsovics. Federer will be the favorite entering the tournament but his fitness on-court is still an issue of concern. As he will be facing a strong bunch of clay-courters, his consistency will be tested.

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Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a backhand during his Men’s Singles Quarterfinal match against Tennys Sandgren of the United States on day nine of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mike Owen/Getty Images)

When Federer made his comeback at the Qatar Open earlier this year, he wasn’t able to play consistent tennis, especially when he was forced to play three sets. Even though Qatar was a test-event for the Swiss, he will be excited to play for the title on his home soil.

To his misfortune, Geneva Open will take place without fans this year and it will be a blow to Federer’s chances of winning his 104th ATP tour title.

The draw was released minutes ago and there are some exciting matchups for fans to look forward to. Federer was given a tough draw to clinch another title. The Swiss Maestro might face Cristian Garin or Marin Cilic in the quarter-finals. In the semis, Federer will have to face either Feliciano Lopez or Casper Ruud.

If Federer manages to reach the final, he might face either Shapovalov or Fognini for the title.

Along with Federer, here are a few more projected matchups in the Geneva Open draw:

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  1. Fabio Fognini vs Guido Pella (1st Round)
  2. Tennys Sandgren vs Salvatore Caruso (1st Round)
  3. Denis Shapovalov vs Stefano Travaglia(2nd Round)
  4. Grigor Dimitrov vs Fernando Verdasco(2nd Round)

Projected Quarter-finals:

  1. Roger Federer vs Cristian Garin
  2. Casper Ruud vs Feliciano Lopez
  3. Adrian Mannarino vs Grigor Dimitrov
  4. Fabio Fognini vs Denis Shapovalov

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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