Roger Federer: 'It will be 3 hardcore days when...'

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Roger Federer: 'It will be 3 hardcore days when...'

After a week-long hiatus following the conclusion of the US Open, the ATP Tour resumes this week, with two ATP 250 events, in Metz and Nur-Sultan starting on Monday, and with the Laver Cup in Boston starting on Friday. In the Laver Cup, Team Europe will seek to extend its dominance over Team World, after winning the previous three editions of the tournament.

Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Felix Auger-Aliassime are just a few of the players competing in Boston. Daniil Medvedev, who defeated Novak Djokovic in the final at Flushing Meadows, has posted an 18-2 record since Wimbledon.

2) Return of Tsitsipas and Zverev: In 2019, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev competed for the Europe team when they defeated the World team to win the title for the third time. The pair will meet this week in Boston as their goal is to extend their dominance over Team World.

Zverev arrives in top form, having captured his fifth ATP Masters 1000 crown in Cincinnati, before enjoying a run to the US Open semifinals. 3) Canadians competing in Team World: Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime will be looking to lead Team World to a maiden Laver Cup victory.

The latter is brimming with confidence after reaching his maiden Grand Slam semi-final at Flushing Meadows. It will be Shapovalov's third time competing in the event, after doing so in 2017 and 2019. Roger Federer fans across the world were heart-broken when the Maestro announced he won’t be participating in the US Open 2021.

Roger Federer on missing the Laver Cup

Roger Federer recently provided a positive update on his physical condition, claiming that the "worst" is now over. The Swiss also spoke about Novak Djokovic's Calendar Slam bid and lavished praise on the Serb's achievements this season.

Roger Federer's injury and subsequent surgery have ruled him out of action for the entirety of 2021. That means the brainchild of the Laver Cup will be missing in action at this year's edition of the tournament. "That hurts me a lot, of course," Federer said.

"It will be 3 hardcore days when I get into tennis." The Laver Cup’s inaugural edition was held in 2017, and players have thoroughly loved competing in it since then. The event will be held for the fourth time this year.

Laver cup got cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic. So far, Federer has participated in every edition and has always won for Team Europe. Team Europe has benefited enormously from Federer’s presence in the past, but the icon will not be there this time.

Although Federer is not competing in the event, he believes Team Europe has the potential to win the Laver Cup for the fourth time this year.