Roger Federer: ‘It would be presumptuous to say anything is…’

The Swiss Roger Federer, 39, will reappear this Wednesday at the ATP 250 tournament in Geneva, in his country, two months after his elimination in the quarterfinals in Doha. The former world number one, who is now eighth in the ATP rankings, will start as the top seed and be exempt from the first round in his second tournament of the year. According to the table, in the round of 16 Federer will be measured against the winner of the duel between Spanish Pablo Andújar and Australian Jordan Thompson. At 39, Roger Federer faces his second tournament of the year. Last March, in Doha, he reappeared on the ATP circuit after a long period of inactivity due to injury. That was, in fact, his first appearance since the 2020 Australian Open semi-final that he lost to Serbian Novak Djokovic. In Doha he added a victory over Britain’s Daniel Evans in three sets, 7-6 (8), 3-6 and 7-5, before his fall in the quarterfinals against Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, 3-6, 6-1 and 7-5. After the defeat, he announced his decision to dedicate the next few weeks to training and withdrew from Dubai. Roger Federer himself announced on April 18 that he would play this week on clay in Geneva and the next in Paris. This first tournament, therefore, will serve as preparation for Roland Garros.

Roger Federer is looking at the clay swing as preparation for Wimbledon

Ahead of his comeback to the ATP tour at the Geneva Open, Roger Federer has revealed that he still has some doubts over his body and overall level of play. The 39-year-old has also claimed he is some distance away from being able to challenge his arch-rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. “It might sounds strange to mention the French Open as a preparation for the grass, but that’s the way it is,” Federer continued. “I would like to say Paris is the goal, but I’m not ready for that. It would be presumptuous to say anything is possible for me there.” Roger Federer then likened his first comeback in Doha to scaling a mountain. The 39-year-old highlighted his physical troubles, and mentioned that he had no idea how his stamina levels were or how his body would react to the rigors of the tour. “In Doha I was at the very begining of a mountain tour, where I didn’t know how to get up that mountain, how much stamina I would have and how the body would react,” Federer said. “I knew that everything was missing.”

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