Roger Federer is seeded 8th and will be playing at Roland Garros, 2021 having just played 3 matches on the tour in this year. Federer played in the ATP 250 event at Geneva, Switzerland recently. He was participating in a clay court event after almost 2 years and his comeback was cut short by Pablo Andujar as he was beaten in 3 sets with the score line of 4-6, 6-4, 4-6.
The veretan is taking French Open to be a stepping stone instead as it will help him get back to rhythm. The maestro last played at the French Open in 2019 where he made it to the semi finals and ultimately lost to the eventual champion and his rival, Rafael Nadal in straight sets with the score line of 3-6, 4-6, 2-6.
Tough Road Ahead For Federer
Roger Federer is seeded 8th in the Roland Garros and has a tough road ahead of himself. He will play a qualifier in the first round. In the second round, the veteran is most likely to clash with former US Open champion, Marin Cilic. In the 3rd round, Roger is most likely to set up a match with the 30th seed, Taylor Fritz. The Swiss is likely to clash with either 9th seed, Matteo Berrettini or the rising star, Felix Auger Aliassime in the fourth round of the French Open.
If the former 2009 champion manages to cross the above hurdles, he is most likely to play against his arch rival and 18 time grand slam champion, Novak Djokovic. The potential semi final fixture for Federer would be against the 13 time French Open champion, Rafael Nadal. The final would be either against the young gun, Stefanos Tsitsipas or 2020 US Open Champion, Dominic Thiem.
Federer’s path to Roland Garros title:
- 1R: Qualifier
- 2R: Marin Cilic
- 3R: Taylor Fritz
- 4R: Matteo Berrettini/ Felix Auger Aliassime
- QF: Novak Djokovic
- SF: Rafael Nadal
- F: Stefanos Tsitsipas/ Dominic Thiem
The veteran will be 40 years of age in August this year and the clay has never been his favorite surface. The lack of match practice this year is also a factor that is against him. Considering all the above factors, it will be interesting to see how Federer performs in the French Open, 2021.