“Second Week and Especially Quarters”: Former Davis Cup Champion Predicts a Suitable Outcome for Roger Federer at French Open 2021

Published 05/25/2021, 6:08 AM EDT
Tennis – ATP 250 – Geneva Open – Tennis Club de Geneve, Geneva, Switzerland – May 18, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer reacts after losing his round of 16 match against Spain’s Pablo Andujar REUTERS/Denis Balibouse


With each day passing by, the tennis world edges closer towards the French Open 2021. In a positive turn of events, tennis ace Roger Federer is expected to participate this year. The soon-to-be 40-year-old star will be playing his first Grand Slam event since the Australian Open 2020. 

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Recently, former Davis Cup winner Alex Corretja spoke of the ideal result Roger Federer should aim for at this year’s French Open that would put him in a better mind space moving to the grass-court tournaments. 

Tennis – ATP 250 – Geneva Open – Tennis Club de Geneve, Geneva, Switzerland – May 18, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer in action during his round of 16 match against Spain’s Pablo Andujar REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

The 47-year-old former athlete stated, “Well for me honestly reaching quarter-finals would be an amazing result. If I would be Roger which I’m not, of course, I would think to go step by step but reaching quarters I think it will be a major result because that will give him the rhythm he needs to get on the grass and be perfect of situations of different you know breakpoints and then different places to return and move his forehand and backhand mix it up a little bit with the slice.”

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Reaching the second week at Roland Garros would be a good result for Roger Federer

If Federer can end up playing about four to five matches, which involve a four-set and probably a five-set match, it would be ideal since he is lacking match practice at this moment. On that basis, being able to make it to the second week in Paris would be great for the Swiss star. 

Tennis – ATP 250 – Geneva Open – Tennis Club de Geneve, Geneva, Switzerland – May 18, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer in action during his round of 16 match against Spain’s Pablo Andujar REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

The two-time French Open finalist further added, “So that will give him like four-five matches maybe not five sets every match but like three sets one day four sets maybe one five-setter like the tough one that he came through and then give him a good feeling before he gets on grass. So I think the second week and especially quarters that’s would be a great result.”

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In the current season, he returned on the Tour in Doha this year. After that, he played in the ATP Geneva Open. During both events, he did not last long. However, one can always expect the unexpected from Roger and he can win a few matches in Paris this year. All eyes will be on him. 

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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.

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