Is Roger Federer Playing at the ATP Mutua Madrid Open 2021?

Published 04/25/2021, 10:30 AM EDT
Roger Federer (SUI) during the French Open Tennis at Stade Roland-Garros, Paris. (Credit: Jon Bromley | MI News) (Photo by MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Tennis superstar Roger Federer has returned to the men’s Tour after more than a year. Upon his return, he played his first tournament in Doha. Although he made an early exit, he was content with his performance. However, he has not competed in any event since then and has used his free time to practice and improve his form.


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Considering that the Mutua Madrid Open is around the corner, there was speculation of Roger Federer playing his first clay-court event in two years in the Spanish capital.

Roger Federer of Switzerland trains during day one of the Mutua Madrid Open at La Caja Magica on in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Since the 39-year-old player has enjoyed success on multiple occasions in Madrid, it is a suitable option for him to resume his season; the conditions would be familiar to Federer.


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Roger Federer intends to feature at Roland Garros this season

However, the Swiss ace provided fans with an update on his schedule for the near future. He intends to compete at the French Open this year, and in order to be at his best, he will need to feature in a warm-up tournament prior to the second Grand Slam event of the season.

Interestingly, the only event he has confirmed his appearance at is the ATP Geneva Open 2021. Since he has made this decision, he will not feature in any of the two ATP Masters 1000 clay court events remaining – Madrid and Rome.

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

Reflecting on Federer and his results at the Mutua Madrid Open, he is a three-time champion at the venue. He won his first title in 2006, when the tournament was conducted on hard courts. He beat the King of Clay Rafael Nadal in 2009 to claim his second title. In 2012, he lifted the title on the blue-colored clay courts.

Mutua Madrid Open 2021 will feature big names

The main draw of the Mutua Madrid Open 2021 will be held from May 2 and will be wrapped up by May 9. Star players like Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will headline the event.

Players such as Naomi Osaka and Simona Halep will feature in the women’s section. Nonetheless, the 2021 edition of the Mutua Madrid Open promises to be exciting, just as it has been in the previous years.


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Hi everyone!

Happy to let you know that I will play Geneva🇨🇭 and Paris 🇫🇷. Until then I will use the time to train. Can’t wait to play in Switzerland again. ❤️🚀

— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) April 18, 2021


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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.