The show of the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin concluded the individual season of the strongest players in circulation, who currently occupy the very first positions of the ATP ranking. The competition also confirmed in this edition the high possibilities of reserving surprises and being unpredictable: many insiders were expected to return to victory for Novak Djokovic or a new triumph for Daniil Medvedev, demonstrating how the next generation is is already making it a protagonist in the circuit.
This last concept occurred but combined with the figure of Alexander Zverev, who obtained the title of the Master for the second time in his career and closed a truly phenomenal 2021 season. In recent years, several athletes have always won the tournament, the supremacy of the Big Three has gradually darkened over time.
The winner of the Finals had changed on every occasion for six consecutive years: a series interrupted by the German himself on Sunday 21 November, with the victory in the final on the Russian number 2 in the world with a double 6-4.
Coming to tennis, Roger Federer last competed at the Wimbledon Championships. After that, he announced that he needed surgery and that he would be back in action after many months. We wish him a speedy recovery and all eyes will be on him when he steps back on the courts to compete again.
Mats Wilander opens up on Federer
Seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander feels "it is possible" for Roger Federer to make a return to the tour after his latest knee surgery. However, the Swede reckons the 40-year-old will struggle to compete with the top players.
""I think the bigger problem to me is that these guys are getting really, really good. (Alexander) Zverev and (Daniil) Medvedev are the guys pushing behind, they are playing huge games of tennis," he said. "And of course, Federer has his serve but how big a weapon is a Roger Federer serve compared to let's say a Zverev or Medvedev serve.
I think that's going to be the reality check." Speaking to Eurosport, Wilander also said that Roger Federer is likely to work a reduced, low-intensity schedule in the coming season. "I don't think that Roger Federer will play too many matches on Tour," he said.
"He realizes that he does still have a chance to win - maybe not a grand slam, maybe not a final - but three or four matches. I think it's worth it for him to come back in his own mind."