& # 39; I feel like I am playing tennis well, but is that enough? & # 39 ;: Roger Federer is playing chances for the return of French Open
Roger Federer returned to Roland Garros and doubted whether he could still write an extraordinary chapter in his legendary career.
The 37-year-old is coming to the French Open for the first time since 2015 and has skipped the clay season in recent years to give himself the best chance of success on the grass.
He compared the feeling with the 2017 Australian Open when he returned from the first long injury of his career.
Roger Federer returned to Roland Garros and doubted whether he could still write an extraordinary chapter in his legendary career
The good news for Federer fans is that he won that tournament in probably the only surprise of his 20 slam titles, but a 21st success here would be another upset.
Asked if he believed he could win the title, the third seed said: & # 39; I don't know. It's a question mark for me. In some ways I feel similar to the Australian Open in & # 39; 17. A bit unknown.
& # 39; I feel like I am playing tennis well, but is that enough? Or is it enough against the absolute top people when it really goes to extremes? I'm not sure if it's in my racket. But I hope I can get myself into that position deep in the tournament against the best guys.
& # 39; But first I have to be there and that is a challenge in itself. It is definitely going to be an exciting tournament to go through. & # 39;
Federer played two tournaments in the run-up, lost a very close fight against Dominic Thiem in the quarter-finals in Madrid and then pulled out for a scheduled final eight clash with Stefanos Tsitsipas in Rome after playing two games the previous day.
& # 39; I think I have been able to train hard enough and I have had some difficult matches in Madrid and Rome, more than I would have liked, but I think we would like to save match points or try to lose match points, & # 39; said Federer, whose last title on clay came in 2015 in Istanbul.
& # 39; But I really feel like playing under pressure and playing with the nerves was important to me, so I feel completely ready. & # 39;
It is 10 years ago that Federer won his only title in the French Open, seven since he went beyond the quarter-finals and 20 since he made his debut as a 17-year-old wildcard.
Federer is this time the only player in the men's draw that was there in 1999, but Roland Garros has made more changes in the last 12 months than in the previous 19 years.
The midfield, Philippe Chatrier, has been 80 percent rebuilt, with a roof to be added for next year's tournament, while a new third field has been built in the neighboring botanical gardens surrounded by greenhouses.
& # 39; Many things have changed, & # 39; said Federer. & # 39; Midfield looks very different. Many upgrades and investments have been made. It is certainly growing and it is nice to see. I still feel it is the old Roland Garros, it has retained its flair and everything. & # 39;
There was another withdrawal from the men's day on Friday when Nick Kyrgios withdrew due to illness, despite the fact that he would not play his first round match until Monday or Tuesday.
After he got his last match in Rome last week after throwing a seat over the course, Kyrgios again caused a stir for the tournament by saying that the French Open & # 39; sucks & # 39; compared to Wimbledon.
Kyrgios had to face the Cameron Norrie of Great Britain, who would now take on the French qualification Elliot Benchetrit instead.
. [TagsToTranslate] Dailymail