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Federer: "I know I should be number 800 in the ranking"

The reality of Roger Federer leaves him far from the great contenders for winning Roland Garros. The Swiss returns to competition this week at the Geneva tournament, which he will use as his only preparation before the Parisian Grand Slam, but does so with few options to play a good role in Paris, as he himself acknowledged. his country’s tournament against the Spanish Pablo Andújar, the executioner of the Australian Jordan Thompson in the first round (6-0, 6-4), and he does so with a clear opinion about his physical condition. “Right now I cannot compare myself with the current achievements of others, I need about ten games to know where I am. There are still many doubts about my state of form, although training is going well, but the situation is completely different from the rest, it cannot even be compared to what happened in 2016. This time I come back from much further away than I did. five years ago, ‘he said. The Geneva tournament is not Federer’s first tournament of the season. The Swiss reached the Doha quarterfinals where he lost to Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili (6-3, 1-6 and 5-7), although the tournament was played on fast courts and not on clay, where Roger must practice before arrival. which is presumed as his last appearance at Roland Garros: “I had many options to organize this little clay court tour, although I could have also skipped it completely. However, I felt like I was ready to go back to playing tournaments. Geneva is more than a small test, for me it is the test to see if I can play several tournaments in a row.Now I have this and Roland Garros ahead of me, two tournaments designed to get me going again, the games I play there will be like training sessions but of a privileged level “, added the Swiss.” Honestly, I have thought a lot about the deadlines for the return, There were long conversations with my team to find out if it was best to compete on clay or not, we even studied the option of playing tournaments on this surface and skipping Roland Garros. Finally, the best idea was to come to Geneva and then go to Paris. If all goes well, the next stops will be Halle and Wimbledon, already on the grass tour. We will see how long it takes me to reach the level I want, “he completed. However, Federer’s most striking statement came when talking about his ranking. «I know that I should be at number 800 in the ranking, since I have not played anything these months. Anyway, if my knee and my fitness aren’t 100%, I won’t be able to hold there forever. If I can be 100% and do it well, then it will mean that I am better than the number 800. What I can say is that in these two months since Doha I have gained in strength, resistance and flexibility, there was no setback » . “I’m glad I was able to get vaccinated, especially considering the amount of travel my job requires. Being vaccinated are all advantages, although the most important thing is that I do not want to infect anyone, so my family and I continue to be extremely careful, “said Federer, confirming that he has been vaccinated against the coronavirus.

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