Roger Federer has admitted that his competitors Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic are the favourites ahead of the French Open later this month.

The 18-time Grand Slam champion is in top form and he is expected to compete very well at the tourney but he says these guys are in the lead.

Federer revealed he is entered for the event and he plans to give his best at the tournament. At his relatively mature age and after his knee surgery, he has been impressive. He had an amazing comeback to lift the Australian Open. He followed up on the success by winning the Indian Wells and the Miami Open. Despite the opposition, he says he is focused on Paris.

“I am eager to achieve something over there and not just show up and make people happy,” he said.

On the competition, he said: “I could get on a roll, and you never know, even though Rafa is the favourite. Novak winning there last year, I think they’re going to be 1-2 favourites.”

There were doubts that Federer might not make the event. He earlier said he would decide after his training session. He did not enter for tune up events ahead of the tournament and there are doubts about him performing very well there. The 2009 French Open champ has not played on clay for over a year. He did not feature last year as he withdrew due to back injury.

The world No. 4 seems to favour Nadal as the Spaniard zoomed to the Monte Carlo Masters title and then another in Barcelona. Djokovic who seems shaky needs to get back on track in Paris but he would have to get past an in-form Nadal.