Will Roger Maestroer win Madrid in his clay return?

Eren

Professional
Unfortunately for Federer and his fans, the answer is no, though I would love it if he wins Madrid.

Nadal is the heavy favourite, Djokovic and Thiem are second with Zverev (no sarcasm) coming after them. Federer will have a hard time winning it.
 

Atennisone

Hall of Fame
I think he can. It's only a Masters 1000 for Nadal, so he could save energy for RG, and looking at Djokovic form this year in his non-Grand-Slam and his Grand-Slam, I'd say he probably doesn't want to play peak at Clay Masters. Federer wants a great comeback, so I think he can, although I'd say Zverev is the favourite.

I'd power rank them this way:
1. Zverev
2. Federer
3. Djokovic
4. Nadal
5. Thiem
 

True Fanerer

G.O.A.T.
I think he can. It's only a Masters 1000 for Nadal, so he could save energy for RG, and looking at Djokovic form this year in his non-Grand-Slam and his Grand-Slam, I'd say he probably doesn't want to play peak at Clay Masters. Federer wants a great comeback, so I think he can, although I'd say Zverev is the favourite.

I'd power rank them this way:
1. Zverev
2. Federer
3. Djokovic
4. Nadal
5. Thiem
 

Milehigh5280

Semi-Pro
When's the last time Fed stepped onto a clay court? Do you think he had a single practice session during the past two years?
 

MugOpponent

Hall of Fame
It's the only clay event where I could see him making a run. It plays much more favorably than MC/Rome or RG. Having said that I'd be very surprised if he did better than a QF.
 

ADuck

Hall of Fame
If Nadal skips Madrid or loses early which I think is likely, Federer has about.. 21% chance.
 

Tennis_Hands

Talk Tennis Guru
If the conditions are extremely fast, he has a chance to reach the latest stages and even win it, depending how the other opponents play, but the conditions probably won't be perfect for him.

Realistically a QF appearance would be a good result.

:cool:
 

Rosstour

Hall of Fame
Hey, anything is possible. The guy has surprised us so many times before.

Never in a million years did I think he'd conquer Nadal, at a Slam, in the 5th set, down 3-1.

Him winning Madrid seems less daunting than pulling out a win in that scenario, no?
 

MeatTornado

Legend
When's the last time Fed stepped onto a clay court? Do you think he had a single practice session during the past two years?
iirc, he mentioned during the 2017 clay season that he was still practicing on hard courts, and not even on clay. That lead to a lot of speculation that he'd pull out of the French before he even announced it. So it's possible he never even stepped on the dirt that year, but I'm not sure.
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
When's the last time Fed stepped onto a clay court? Do you think he had a single practice session during the past two years?
iirc, he mentioned during the 2017 clay season that he was still practicing on hard courts, and not even on clay. That lead to a lot of speculation that he'd pull out of the French before he even announced it. So it's possible he never even stepped on the dirt that year, but I'm not sure.
The last clay event Federer played was 2016 Rome (l. to Thiem in the 3rd round). Therefore 3 years will have passed when he next sets foot on a claycourt at 2019 Madrid.
 

BGod

Legend
He last won it in 2012.
Lost in 2015 to Kyrgios albeit in a massively tight 3 setter.

If Nadal and Novak don't take it very seriously his only competition is Zverev and Thiem? 30%.
 

Towny

Hall of Fame
Federer hasn't won a masters title since Shanghai 2017. He's not made a slam SF since AO 2018. Then add to that, it's on clay. He made the Rome final in 2015 before getting easily beaten by Novak. He was better the year before where he came close to winning Monte Carlo.

The point is, it's been a long time since Federer has won anything like a masters, and much longer still since he actually played well on clay. His last clay masters win was Madrid 2012, where both Djokodal lost earlier. He was only 30 at the time. Now he's 37.

A QF or less would be pretty much expected. SF would be a good result. Anything better would be a huge bonus but it's highly doubtful that he'll get further than a SF
 

JasonG2019

Rookie
Unfortunately for Federer and his fans, the answer is no, though I would love it if he wins Madrid.

Nadal is the heavy favourite, Djokovic and Thiem are second with Zverev (no sarcasm) coming after them. Federer will have a hard time winning it.
Djokovic will dominate clay
 

DSH

Hall of Fame
Federer's mind and soul are already at Wimbledon, where he plays his last chance to go far in a big one.
Roland Garros is just a pretext for the ovation and applause of the public.
 

ChaelAZ

Legend
I am just cirous to see how he doesn on clay since he hasn't played a competitve match series on the surface in quite some time. Practice and practice matches are only gonna do so much, and who knows really how much of that has happened.
 

BeatlesFan

Talk Tennis Guru
Is Madrid a tournament worth visiting (from the USA)? I've been spoiled a bit with IW and Cincinnati...
I've only been to the Madrid event once, in 2004 when it was still indoors and not on clay. It was only the second match I was privileged to watch with Safin, who defeated Nalby. Never saw it the Madrid event on clay. But I will guarantee you it's not the same or as great as either IW or Cincy. No way!
 

Pheasant

Hall of Fame
Quite honestly, I would be scared if Fed played Schwartzman on clay. I don’t think that Fed can beat that little guy on clay.

But it will be fun watching Fed play anyway.
 
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fmadej

Rookie
Quite honestly, I would be scared if Fed player Schwartzman on clay. I don’t think that Fed can beat that little guy on clay.

But it will be fun watching Fed play anyway.
Exactly who I was thinking about. Guys like Schwartzman, or even other clay specialists like Cecchinato can pose a serious threat for Fed. It's not like only Nadal, Djokovic, Thiem or Zverev can take him out
 

MugOpponent

Hall of Fame
Quite honestly, I would be scared if Fed played Schwartzman on clay. I don’t think that Fed can beat that little guy on clay.

But it will be fun watching Fed play anyway.
Schwartzman would be a tough match. He'd really force Federer's ground game to be sharp and even if Federer won, it'd probably be grueling enough to damage him for the next round.
 
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