Roger Federer is ready to return to the field in the ATP 250 in Geneva, which kicks off on 16 May 2021. The Swiss phenomenon had already made himself the author of a brief interlude in Doha a couple of months ago, where he had spent a round defeating Dan Evans in three sets.
The former world number 1, still far behind in terms of physical condition, was then forced to surrender by future tournament winner Nikoloz Basilashvili (also wasting a match point in the decisive stage). The 20-time Grand Slam champion had already anticipated his intention to play some events on clay to put games in his legs ahead of his big goals in 2021, namely Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics.
The road to the ascent promises to be full of obstacles for King Roger who - in addition to having to face the usual Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic - will also have to deal with the main exponents of the Next Gen. In a recent interview for his sponsor UNIQLO, the 39-year-old from Basel talked in detail about his recovery from a double surgery on his right knee.
"2021 will be an exciting year because the return to normal is getting closer, even if of course the virus makes everything much more complicated. I'm looking forward to playing a few games again," said Federer, who has taken on the new role of tourism ambassador for his country.
In Geneva, Roger will have to contend with rivals of the caliber of Denis Shapovalov, Fabio Fognini, Cristian Garin and many others. "I have become a more balanced and consistent player than at the beginning of my career.
Over time, I have also been able to make some changes to my play style. In addition, my fitness and the technology of my rackets allow me to play better now than when I was 20," continued the eight-time Wimbledon champion.
After Geneva, Roger will fly to Paris for Roland Garros.
Rafael Nadal dominates Roger Federer and Djokovic in one statistic
Rafael Nadal will surely be remembered as one of the best tennis players of all time and the Spanish champion has over the years strung record after record, surpassing all his opponents.
His best stats come on clay, but overall the winner of 20 Grand Slam titles is the player with the best win-loss rate in tennis history. Thanks to the recent title victory in the ATP 500 in Barcelona, Rafa has again surpassed world number one Novak Djokovic: for years now the two of them have been dueling on this particular statistic, in front of all the other opponents and quite clearly the other member of the Big Three Roger Federer.
With Nadal's victory in Barcelona and Novak Djokovic's defeat against Aslan Karatsev in the semifinal of the Serbia Open in Belgrade there was a new overtaking and with the record of 83.12% Nadal is the tennis player with the highest victory percentage of the history of tennis.
Rafael Nadal's numbers are incredible, the Spaniard has won 1015 victories and 206 defeats in his career, Novak Djokovic's record of 946 wins and 194 defeats is ahead with a percentage just under 82.98%. In this particular ranking Roger Federer is fourth with 82.04% but it must be recognized that the Swiss has played almost 300 more games than Nadal and almost 400 more games than Novak Djokovic.
In the Top Ten of all time there is also the British Andy Murray, in tenth place, and once again showing his great career results. Here is the Top Ten of tennis players with the best win percentage of all time, we also see other tennis legends such as Bjorn Borg, Pete Sampras and John McEnroe.
Rafael Nadal (1015-206) 83.12% (Win rate)
Novak Djokovic (946-194) 82.98%
Bjorn Borg (654-140) 82.36%
Roger Federer (1243-272) 82.04%
Jimmy Connors (1274-283) 81.82%
John McEnroe (883-198) 81.68%
Ivan Lendl (1068-242) 81.52%
Rod Laver (576-146) 79.77%
Pete Sampras (762-222) 77.44%
Andy Murray (677-202) 77.02%