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Geneva Open Draw 2021

Federer will face Pablo Andujar or Jordan Thompson in his opening match.

The Gonet Geneva Open draw is out, and Roger Federer will face either clay-court veteran Pablo Andujar or Aussie Jordan Thompson in his maiden tour-level outing at Tennis Club de Geneve Eaux-Vives.

The Swiss is playing his first match on clay since 2019 and will attempt to join fellow countrymen Claudio Mezzadri (1987), Marc Rosset (1989) and Stan Wawrinka (2016, 2017) as homegrown champions. 

You can see his projected opponents below:

Federer's Projected Opponents

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  • Round 1: Bye
  • Round 2: Pablo Andujar / Jordan Thompson
  • Quarter Final: Marton Fucsovics / Marin Cilic
  • Semin Final: Casper Ruud
  • Final: Denis Shapovalov

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Thoughts on the Draw

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Update 17th May: Cristian Garin has withdrawn from the tournament, Daniel Altmaier takes his place in the draw as a lucky loser and instead qualifier Henri Laaksonen will take on Marton Fucsovics.

Just like Roger's comeback in Doha, none of us are privy to what sort of level he can bring eight weeks later. Still, we can assume he's put on some muscle, boosted his fitness and got plenty of practice sets under his belt since the loss to Basilashvili in early March.

With the ATP rankings virtually frozen, Roger is the number one seed in the draw, so he gets the luxury of a bye in round one before facing either Pablo Andujar or Jordan Thompson.

Andujar is an out and out clay specialist with all four of his career titles coming on the surface, and of his 146 career wins, 106 of them have been on la terre battue.

Thompson is more of a hard courter, and he's a typical Aussie battler that will give anyone a game but based on the experience, I'd pick Andujar to come through.

Interestingly Federer has never played either of them, which is quite a surprise considering Andujar has been on tour for 20 years, yet they have never crossed paths. 

Given the Spaniard's love for clay, it's a tricky opening match for Federer, but you'd back him to come through as Andujar is not bringing anything out of the ordinary to the court other than an ok serve and baseline solidity.

Into the last eight, and with Garin withdrawing, it looks likely to be a shootout between Marton Fucsovics and Marin Cilic for a place in the quarter finals.

Both those guys first have to get past Swiss opposition with wild card Dominic Stricker facing Cilic and Henri Laaksonen taking on Fucsovics. I don't see the upset, however, and although the chance of facing Federer in the last eight should give some added motivation, there's no crowd to help them over the line and both Cilic and Fucsovics are well-accomplished clay courters.

Should Federer make the semi-finals, Casper Ruud will probably be waiting for him. Based on form, Ruud is the true top seed here, having made the semi-finals at two clay Masters 1000 events already this season. 

Roger defeated the Norwegian handily at the French Open in 2019, but there won't ever be a better opportunity to chalk up a win against Federer here for Ruud, and on paper, he should make the final, assuming his wrist problems aren't limiting his baseline game.

As for the other half, Shapovalov is the top seed, and he struck the ball brilliantly in a match he should have won, but ultimately lost to Nadal in Rome so he's my favourite to make the final on that side.

If he can reign in the erraticism, then this is a good opportunity for him to add a trophy to the cabinet, which is looking significantly barer when compared to some of his contemporaries like Rublev and Tsitsipas. 

Back to Federer, and like Doha, it's about getting some matches in. Playing on clay is a smart move as while not mine or many other fans cup of tea, it's the best surface to play on to develop your game and hit through the ball, which should bode well for the transition to quicker surfaces where Fed can let the talent take over.

What do you guys think of the draw? Let me know in the comments.


Huge fan of Roger Federer. I watch all his matches from Grand Slam level right down to ATP 250. When I'm not watching or writing about tennis I play regularly myself and have a keen interest in tactics, equipment and technicalties of the sport.

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      1. Geneva = preparation for The French, The French is preparation for Halle and Halle is preparation for Wimby. No need to prepare for Olympics. Where are next Olympics . Next OL come 2024 in … Paris. Guess, on what surface 😉 But Fed has time. Maybe over-next 2028 in London?

  1. Well well, isn’t this exciting!

    First thing I thought when I saw the draw was, what!, a rematch of a USO final for his second match! – but you’re right, it’s clay, Cilic hasn’t had that kind of form in a while, and Garin HAS, so has a good chance to come through. (Marin and Garin, haxha.) It would be a first time for him to play Fed as well, yes?

    Really I just want him to have fun, and it sounds like he already is. (Of course ideally I want him to have 4 matches of fun, but we’ll see how far he gets!)

    1. Yeah, Fed never played Garin either.

      Just looking at Cilic results, did ok in Estoril but lost to Norrie. Beat Garin in a tough 3 setter in Miami however.

      Maybe Stricker came come through! Pity there is no crowd which might have helped.

  2. Well he won’t be hit off the court at least! Thompson chases everything down and cld prove tricky. Cilic has had some form recently as had Fucs and Garin but it’s all pretty open to me.
    2 matches would be great. 3 a bonus.
    Conditions look shitty all week tho which will be tough on all
    Let’s go Rog

      1. I certainly hope so. I just hope it can be another Wimbledon 2007 instead of Hamburg 2013.

  3. Such a come-back  deserves a poetry ! 🦚

    The field is abundant
    In that Swiss tournament
    With lots of sheer talents
    But our man is brilliant
    His spirit is constant
    In his deep blue garment
    Like a dark blue pheasant
    Hope he’ll be dominant

    Happy as a young foal
    Unleash your strokes, all !
    From the top of your soul
    To the tip of your soles
    Give your heart and your soul
    To reach the nicest goal
    May this week be a stroll !

    All the work that you’ve done
    With your team, on your own
    The courage that you’ve shown
    Healing muscles and bones
    All the doubts that you’ve thrown
    Ready to hear  the tone
    Of your dance on the ground
    Thank you, Roger !  Come on !

      1. I like it 🙂 If I was you, I would not correct, but let people guess what it is “Vidro vom TennisTV”. “vidro” is glass in Portuguese) , “vom” is German “from/of), “TennisTV” is no language 😉 Nice collage, mate 🙂

  4. Looking at the photo – had Fed always such a big – Karatsev-like calves or it’s new? If it’s new, it may be something allowing him to hit hard. The power of strokes can come from different sources, but big calves can help (since Karatsev arrived, I see big calves in many players, but this is probably nothing new, but I was simply not focused on this body part, especially because they are not young girls (anymore) 😉
    In Fed’s case strong calves may help to limit the load on knees. Of course the quadriceps are crucial for knees, but here Fed was always strong.

    1. I expect an easier first match from Fed vs Andujar than in Doha against Evans. Fed win in straight sets.
      Today’s match Andujar/Thompson seems to have been a relatively poor one.
      After that I expect Fucsovic, which will be much much tougher and Marton was never an easy matchup for Fed (eg Dubai 2019) but now as 2nd step on his comeback trail it could be an even much bigger challenge.
      Anyway “in Fed we trust” !

  5. I’d be happy with a Semi and a fierce fight with Casper. Whatever adds to that is a very appreciated gift from Roger to his fans, but it doesn’t matter so much.

  6. Why has Laaksonen (qualifier) replaced Garin (after his withdrawal) and not Altmaier (the lucky loser) in the original draw. I have seen draws that show Laaksonen was due to play Lopez and has now been replaced by Altmaier! Is there a rule about this sort of situation I don’t know? Can anyone help me?

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