ExxonMobil 2021 Qatar Open draw
The Qatar ExxonMobil Open draw for 2021 has just taken place, and of course the big story is Roger Federer’s return to the tour after a 12-month interlude.
The Swiss are playing in Doha for the 8th time, and with a solid field he faces a difficult task from the start.
Either his training partner in Dubai, Dan Evans, or Jeremy Chardy will be his opponent in the second round.
You can see the full list of his potential opponents below.
Federer’s intended opponents
- Round 1: Goodbye
- Round 2: Jeremy Chardy / Dan Evans
- Quarter-final: Borna Coric
- Semi-final: Denis Shapovalov / David Goffin
- Final: Dominic Thiem / Andrey Rublev
Complete printable drawing in .PDF format.
Thoughts on the draw
Roger Federer touched down in Doha last night after the short flight from Dubai, so he has a few days of practice before his tournament starts, thanks to a first-round pass.
For the second round, the Swiss will face either Dan Evans or Jeremy Chardy.
Evans has been training in Dubai with Federer in recent weeks. Although he has never come close in three previous encounters, the Briton won his first ATP title in January (beating Chardy along the way) and is more than capable of hanging on to the best.
Chardy, who at one point looked like an appalling player for Federer after pushing him to three sets in each of their first three encounters, hasn’t looked quite in good shape in recent years. Still, he reached the quarter-finals in Rotterdam and started 2021 with better results.
Chardy leads the H2H with Evans 3-1, and it’s a coinflip to pass. My choice would be Chardy because I think he can beat Evans, who will have to do well and his slice to be effective to get by.
The quarter-finals pit Federer against Borna Coric, a player who has given Federer a lot of trouble in his previous encounters. The Croatian still plays in Rotterdam and is somewhat of a Djokovic clone so it would be a very tricky game if Roger can progress from the first round.
In the semifinals, Denis Shapovalov and David Goffin are the two seeds in the other quarter. Goffin won the Open Sud de France last weekend to end a barren period, but his section is tricky with Krajinovic, Fritz and all the potential obstacles.
Shapovalov hasn’t played since Melbourne, but in three sets his style of play can catch on fire so he’s probably the favorite for the final.
On the other side of the board, it looks like it’s a direct shootout between Dominic Thiem and Andrey Rublev for a place in the final.
Although Thiem was injured at the Australian Open and Rublev still plays in Rotterdam, there is a chance for Wawrinka and former champion Bautista Agut to make hay if one of these two doesn’t shoot. full throttle.
It will also be interesting to see if Aslan Karatsev can save his Sunshine Slam exploits as he pocketed a Wild Card, but my pick for the title is Dominic Thiem.
Either way, this one is a good draw, as Federer is in the draw, and I’d be more than happy if he could win a game. Stylistically, seeing a Federer vs Evans game would be a great way to get back in the game, but the main thing is to compete painlessly and see what happens. Can he still waste breakpoints like before he was injured? We’re about to find out. ??
What do you think of the draw? Evans or Chardy, which do you prefer? Let me know in the comments.