WATCH: Roger Federer Kick Starts His Preparation for French Open 2021

Published 05/06/2021, 12:36 PM EDT
Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates his victory over David Goffin of Belgium in the Rolex Shanghai Masters at the Qi Zhong Tennis Centre in Shanghai, China. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)


Twenty-time Grand Slam champion and former world number one Roger Federer is gearing up to make a much-awaited return on the clay courts this year as he chose to play at his home tournament in Geneva, which starts on May 16th.

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Following the announcement of the postponement of Roland Garros by one week, the Swiss maestro opted to skip other events and compete in his country in his preparations for the French Open2021.

Roger Federer starts his preparation for the Geneva Open

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While Federer’s initial comeback at the Qatar Open was a mixed bag, the Swiss star remained optimistic about his chances of playing at the highest level once again. He believes that his journey on the ATP Tour this year truly starts from Wimbledon. 

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)
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The Swiss star will treat all the events leading up to Wimbledon as practice tournaments. Federer’s decision to play on clay courts this year stems from the idea that on red turf, he can play and sustain longer rallies and get an idea of how strong the knee is. 

Posting a video of him practicing on clay courts in preparation for the Geneva Open, the Swiss maestro posted an Instagram clip and added, “Gearing up for Geneva”. 

Federer will be competing against a strong-player field at Geneva

The arrival of the Swiss is indeed a welcome sign for the ATP tour and the Geneva Open as well. The tournament’s initial entry list includes the likes of Denis Shapovalov, Cristian Garin, Fabio Fognini, among others. 

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While Federer has a good record against Shapovalov and Fognini, it will be interesting to see how he faces clay-court specialists like Cristian Garin and Davidovich Fokina as the Swiss star is yet to face these players on the ATP tour. 

SHANGHAI, CHINA – OCTOBER 10: Roger Federer of Switzerland hits a forehand against David Goffin of Belgium in the Rolex Shanghai Masters at the Qi Zhong Tennis Centre on October 10, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

Also, the decision of Federer to skip both Madrid and Rome Masters and choose a small-sized tournament for his clay-court comeback might give a hint or two about his expectations on the red dirt. While fitness was an issue during his hard-court return at the Qatar Open, it remains to be seen how his knee responds on clay courts.

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But Roger Federer enters the Geneva Open as one of the contenders to win the title amidst a strong field of opponents. 

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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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