Federer skipped the clay-court swing from 2016 to 2018 due to load management but has decided to come back this year. He reached the French Open semi-final, where he lost to the eventual champion and long-term rival Rafael Nadal.
The Swiss Maestro is currently 38 years old, but it seems that the years are not affecting his game that much. He is still the third-best tennis player in the world, according to ATP rankings, and has won several tournaments this year, while also playing in the final of Wimbledon.
Federer had won Ronald Garros only once before (in 2009), which marked his Grand Slam completion. He reached the final several more times but was denied every time by Rafael Nadal, who currently holds a French Open record with 12 titles. Roger is also in danger of losing his Grand Slam record of 20 titles, as Nadal has closed in to being only one trophy behind the great Swiss after winning the US Open.
It is still unclear whether Federer will play all major clay-court tournaments (Monte Carlo, Rome, and Madrid Masters), or will he just appear at the French Open.