Roger Federer Makes Clay Debut On Home Soil In Geneva

by Staff | May 16th, 2021, 9:04 pm

The Geneva tournament got a much-needed star power boost when their home country hero Roger Federer opted to play the clay event for a first time.

Federer hasn’t hit a ball on the dirt since his semifinal loss to Rafael Nadal at the French Open two years ago. The former No. 1 skipped the fall 2020 clay season due to his knee and then decided to continue training instead of playing any of the clay lead-ups.

Federer’s only played one event so far and that was a quarterfinal loss to Nikolaz Basilashvili in Doha.

The top-seeded Federer is joined in the Geneva draw by No. 2 Denis Shapovalov, No. 3 Casper Ruud, No. 4 Grigor Dimitrov and No. 5 Cristian Garin.

Following a bye, Federer will face either Pablo Andujar or Jordan Thompson in his clay opener, then in the quarters it could be Garin or Marin Cilic with Ruud potentially in the semifinals.

The 39-year-old Federer has his his last 32 matches in Switzerland (5 straight Basel titles + Davis Cup + Laver Cup).

Federer will play either on Wednesday or Thursday. However, cool and rainy conditions are expected for much of the week.

The last edition of the event in 2019 was won by Alexander Zverev who won a final set breaker over Nicolas Jarry.

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5 Comments for Roger Federer Makes Clay Debut On Home Soil In Geneva

Tennis Vagabond Says:

That didn’t last long!

Hope Fed gets an easy draw and can play his way into form at the French. At least he wont be overtired.

Madmax Says:

Well, TV.

What to expect after little practice? I had hoped for the best, but I think this road is a long one. He has been out of the swing of it for a while, and the only way forward is to keep going forward, but what more has he got left to prove?


He says that he still wants to win titles, but perhaps now he just focuses on grass – let’s see. Not sure how he is going to cope at FO, though I keep my hopes high!

Madmax Says:


What to say? Disappointing. I had a little more faith than this, am waiting to see what he says about his performance.

Wog Boy Says:

Question to knowledgeable people (that excludes his fanatics), on what ground 39 years old qualified for playing in Japan, since everyone is talking about him playing at Olympics?

Last I checked the rules are still the same, to be part of national team in not less than two DC matches.

skeezer Says:

From a friend who is knowledgeable: GOAT credentials gives you a plethora of privileges.

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