There have been countless speculations as to which and how many appearances of Roger Federer would be on clay in 2021. The Swiss phenomenon, who had returned to the field in Doha after more than 13 months of hiatus, had repeatedly identified Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics like the big goals of his season. At the same time, the 20-time Grand Slam champion had admitted that a few more tournaments would be needed to get to 100% in the summer, hence the need to take part in some rounds on red. It is fresh news that the 39-year-old from Basel will compete in the Masters 1000 in Madrid, scheduled for May 2-9 at the Caja Magica. King Roger will be the seventh seeded and will travel to the Spanish capital for the second time in the last five years. His last presence dates back to the 2019 edition, when he surrendered to Dominic Thiem in the quarter-finals. We recall that last year the tournament was canceled due to the very difficult health situation that afflicted Spain.
Who else will play at the Madrid Open 2021 entry list?
The height and the speed of the fields have always benefited Roger Federer, who won three times in Madrid (also winning the 2012 edition with full merit, overwhelmed by controversy due to the choice to use the blue earth). It will certainly not be an easy task for the Maestro, as all the top twelve players of the ATP ranking have entered the tournament. Seeding will be led by defending champion Novak Djokovic, followed by Daniil Medvedev and Rafael Nadal. The Russian has in fact overtaken the 34-year-old Majorcan thanks to the final reached at the Australian Open and his triumph in Marseille. Dominic Thiem, finalist in 2017 and 2018, is also worth keeping an eye on, while Stefanos Tsitsipas will at least try to repeat the last act he scored in 2019 (when he took away the satisfaction of eliminating Rafael Nadal in the semifinal). After Madrid, the circuit will move to Rome, while Roland Garros should start on 23 May (the conditional is a must given the health situation in France). Completing the top ten seeds are Alexander Zverev, Andrey Rublev, Diego Schwartzman, and Matteo Berrettini. The Madrid Open didn’t take place in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Even when tennis started after the coronavirus break, cases started rising in Spain again. Thus warranting the cancelation of the ATP Masters 1000 tournament in Madrid.