Roger Federer decited to skip the Australian Open 2021 to well recover the two surgeries of last season, but his coach Ivan Ljubicic firmly believes it's amazing how motivated Roger still is. Although next year's calendar has not yet been defined, the Croatian is confident that the 39-year-old from Basel will be ready as he has shown in the past: "Roger Federer is working very hard and is motivated to fight for the big titles.
next season. Both Roger and I have been trying to do our best in the last eight months. I have been to Switzerland and we have been training a lot. Roger seemed really motivated. Many wonder what drives him to play again, they fail to understand that he still loves tennis and wants to chase more wins.
His goal is to be competitive and get back to the level he was before the injury," said Ljubicic. In the most atypical season in tennis history, Roger Federer was the big absentee. Practically stopped from the Match For Africa 6 of February, in Cape Town, with Rafael Nadal, Bill Gates, Trevor Noah and 50,000 cheering fans on the court, the Swiss played only one tournament this year: the Australian Open.
In the first two rounds the first two rounds without too many problems, leaving only thirteen ga in Melbourne he didn't have too many problems. In the third round, Roger was taken to the fifth set by John Millman, and he won 10-8 in the super tiebreak.
He then left a set to Márton Fucsovics in the fourth round, while in the quarter-finals he was again forced to the fifth by Tennys Sandgren, but managed to pass him 6-3, 2-6, 2-6, 7-6 (8), 6 -3 canceling seven match points and thus reaching the semifinal.
In the semifinal he faced world number two Djokovic and was defeated in three sets.
Roger Federer's 2021: the last magic of the Swiss Maestro
In February Roger announced that he had undergone surgery on his right knee and was planning to return to the field for the grass season.
In mid-June Federer announced that he had undergone a new surgery and therefore the end of his season, considering the cancellation of his two main goals. Main goals that Federer will have also in 2021, to try to give his fans and all lovers of the game one last magic.
We are talking about Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympic Games. Roger could play his last season right in 2021, but who knows. The brutal disappointment of Wimbledon 2019 will push him again to try the impossible, a mission impossible to pursue with pride, talent and will.
What will Federer need to have a 2021 at least similar to his miraculous 2017? Really a miracle? No, the possibilities are there, despite the higher level and the competition in 2021 will be fierce, with all the greatest tennis players on the planet ready to do battle.
Federer will have to get back in excellent athletic form, hoping that he has well overcome the two surgeries. The Swiss will have to combine physical fitness with excellent programming and choose the events to play in order to seek all-in.
Nadal could break his Slam record: a nightmare for his fans, but a very concrete reality. Just pride, talent and dedication could help him try to do the best. It will be very difficult to win at the Australian Open and Wimbledon, but Roger Federer will have his chances and he will do everything to play them best.
In Tokyo he will leave with the same possibilities as all the others. After all the torments of 2020, why not give yourself a moment to dream?