Roger Federer already has a possible comeback date after giving up competing at the Tokyo Olympics. The Swiss tennis player could return to the courts from August 7 to 15 at the National Bank Open presented by Rogers, the Canadian Masters 1,000, in Toronto.
The tournament organization has published on Monday the list of pre-registered for the tournament and it includes the name of Federer, Novak Djokovic and also Rafael Nadal, who will play again after not competing since Roland Garros and resign.
to play at Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics. It should be remembered that Nadal has been champion of the 1,000 Masters of Canada in its last two editions (in 2020 it was not held because of the coronavirus pandemic). In statements collected by the tournament website, Nadal confirmed his presence at the Canadian event.
"I am very happy to go back to Canada to play in Toronto. It is a fantastic tournament and I have played great games here. In fact, I won the last time it was played here and I would like to defend my title in August and be with me again.
fans from Canada and around the world " However, Nadal will have very tough rivals to defend his title in Canada, since in addition to Djokovic and Federer also appear in the pre-list Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Dominic Thiem, Andrey Rubñev, Matteo Berrettini, Denis Shapovalov and the Spanish Pablo Carreño, Roberto Bautista and Alejandro Davidovich.
The great tennis stars will meet again in Toronto after the resignation of many figures from the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Pat Cash on Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic has won four straight Slams before, but in different years (2015 Wimbledon-2016 French Open).
Now that the Serb is on the verge of bettering the feat, the tennis community is abuzz with discussions on the same. Former Grand Slam champion Pat Cash, for one, is convinced that Djokovic can "make the impossible dream come true" by completing the Calendar Slam.
"Well for Novak, I think this year is a great opportunity for him to grab a bunch of Grand Slams and grab all the titles," Cash said. "The younger players are coming through, but they’re not quite there yet.
And Novak is just sitting on top of that mountain as the king of the castle." Cash stressed that winning all four titles should be at the top of Djokovic's list of priorities, even ahead of winning a medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
"The Olympics – okay, maybe [Djokovic] wants to do that [...] But certainly, his goal is now to try and win all four Grand Slams in the calendar year. It’s not easy to do, but I really do think it’s in his sights and that has got to be his priority," Cash added.