We are now on the eve of the Roland Garros 2021, the main tournament among those played on clay courts and the second Grand Slam tournament of the year. There is great anticipation for this event which will see protagonists, all together again, after more than a year, the Big Three, composed of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
Just the Swiss is absent from the Grand Slams from the Australian Open 2020. The scoreboard has given us a further sense of curiosity since the Big Three will all be protagonists of the same side of the scoreboard and therefore only one will be able to reach the final.
Together the three of them have won 58 Grand Slams and their pursuit to understand who will finish the season with the most titles continues to go on. Although Roger Federer will be 40 years old in August he does not give up and continues to play, he will be the protagonist both at Roland Garros and especially at Wimbledon, his priority objective this season.
Roger Federer's come back to the court this season was traumatic. After 13 months of absence and a double surgery Federer won his first match in the ATP tournament in Doha against Daniel Evans, but surrendered in the second match to the Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, tennis player who then conquered the tournament.
Compared to the hatrd-courts tournament, Federer appeared quite behind at the Geneva Open, a clay tournament that saw him lose on his debut against the Spaniard Pablo Andujar. Right now they are re-proposing Roger's statements at the Australian Open 2020 when the Swiss talked about the challenge at the GOAT.
Here are his words: "I think the way things are going Djokovic and Nadal will win more titles than me, they are really great athletes and have been showing in recent seasons that they don't want to stop. As for me I have had a great career but I have always said that everything that comes after 15 was a great advantage."
Currently Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal share the scepter with 20 Grand Slam titles while Novak Djokovic chases at an altitude 18.
Roland Garros 2021 men's draw: Federer, Nadal and Djokovic on the same side!
Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer on the same side of the Roland Garros 2021 main draw.
The first verdict from Paris has an important specific weight. The world number one, called to a rather soft debut with Tennys Sandgren and a second round with one between Lucas Pouille and Pablo Cuevas, could find Ugo Humbert in the third round and presumably one between David Goffin and Alex de Minaur in the round of 16.
In short: assuming a quarter-final with Roger Federer appears premature, if only in conditions of absolute normality, but definitely suggestive. The Swiss champion, who will have to wait for the conclusion of the qualifiers to know his first opponent, could have Marin Cilic in the second round, Taylor Fritz in the worst case scenario in the third and presumably Matteo Berrettini in the round of 16.
On the way to the Italian e number one, a qualified player, Federico Coria and probably Felix Auger Aliassime. Called among other things to test Andreas Seppi in the first round. The thirteen-time champion of the tournament Rafael Nadal, favored for duty, then falls in the second segment of the draw.
After Alexei Popyrin, one between Hugo Gaston and Richard Gasquet in the second round and probably Lorenzo Sonego, for the Spaniard there could be Jannik Sinner again. The player who put him most in difficulty last season on the red brick of Bois de Boulogne.
After Sinner, Nadal could have Andrey Rublev and Djokovic. The 2021 edition of Roland Garros could be decided before the third Sunday. Alexander Zverev's main obstacle on the way to the quarter-finals responds to the name of Roberto Bautista Agut.
Hypothetical, of course, with Dominic Thiem. Finalist in 2018 and 2019, yes, but with a balance of three wins and three defeats on red this season. Fabio Fognini also orbits on the same side of the board, called to the Gregoire Barrere test in the first round and possibly to the challenge with one between Marton Fucsovics and Gilles Simon in the second.
Number two in seeding is Daniil Medvedev, still without success in Paris. The first round challenge with the crazy horse Alexandr Bublik for the Russian is fascinating and far from obvious. Obligatory favorite in the last segment of the board Stefanos Tsitsipas: the match with Jeremy Chardy at the debut is soft in a completely theoretical line.