Roger Federer is all set to return to competitive action at the Geneva Open, next week. The Swiss has just played one tournament so far this season, and is scheduled to play two clay court tournaments in the upcoming weeks, which includes the all-important French Open 2021.
Roger Federer’s only outing this year came at the Qatar Open 2021, where he was defeated in the quarterfinals. The Swiss had taken some time off tennis, and was working on regaining his fitness before making his comeback. Last year, the 20 time Grandslam champion endured two knee surgeries, which ruled him out of action for the majority of the year.
Roger Federer enters the Geneva Open 2021 as the top seed, and has already started practicing in full swing. The Swiss maestro completed his first practice session in Geneva on Sunday, and was looking in good shape.
Can Roger Federer thrive on the treacherous clay courts?
Roger Federer has not attained much success on clay courts in the past, and has often been dominated by Rafael Nadal. The Swiss has managed to win just one French Open title, which came way back in 2009. In the recent few years, the 39-year old has skipped the clay court season in order to save his legs for the rest of the season.
Clay courts are known to be unforgiving, and only the best can survive on this court. The 20-time Grandslam champion might be a bit underprepared as compared to his rivals, but he surely does have the experience and quality on his side.
In his latest practice session, Roger Federer was seen practicing a wide range of shorts. He started off with his backhands, and slowly progressed to rehearsing his forehand. The Swiss maestro also practiced a few volleys, and worked on his serve. Federer also worked on his movement on the court, as it is absolutely necessary to gain maximum court coverage when playing on this surface.