Roger Federer confirms he will play Roland-Garros

The 39-year-old will play just two clay-court events in 2021, starting in Geneva before heading to the French capital

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Former world No 1 Roger Federer confirmed on Sunday that he intends to play at Roland-Garros this summer.

The 39-year-old Swiss will begin his clay-court season at the ATP event in Geneva, to be played May 16-22.

After 13 months out following two knee operations, 20-times Grand Slam champion Federer returned to the Tour last month in Doha, beating Britain’s Dan Evans in his opening match before falling to Nikoloz Basilashvili. He subsequently announced that he would then be returning to the practice court.

Federer, whose only Roland-Garros title came in 2009, skipped the event in 2016 and missed it in 2017 and 2018 too but returned in 2019, making the semi-finals.

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