'We are waiting to see if Roger Federer can come back', says former ace



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'We are waiting to see if Roger Federer can come back', says former ace

2021 has given many interesting ideas, waiting for the Davis Cup finals to come alive. Novak Djokovic literally cannibalized the first part of the season, having scored three Grand Slam titles. The world number 1 defeated Daniil Medvedev in the final at the Australian Open, Stefanos Tsitsipas at Roland Garros and Matteo Berrettini at Wimbledon.

The Serbian champion therefore targeted the 'Calendar Grand Slam', an epic feat that was only achieved by Rod Laver in the Open Era. If successful at the US Open, the 34-year-old from Belgrade would have overtaken eternal rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to rise to 21 Majors.

Paralyzed by tension and physically exhausted, Nole gave up in three sets to Medvedev at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Federer and Nadal played a marginal role this year, thanks to a series of physical problems that limited their appearances on the pitch.

Excellent year for Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev, who significantly reduced the gap from Djokovic on hardcourt. In the course of an exclusive interview with 'Tennis365', former Chilean tennis player Fernando Gonzalez turned his gaze to 2022.

Gonzalez opens up on Roger Federer

“To be without competition for several months last year was tough and now this year, there has still be problems travelling,” Fernando Gonzalez stated. “Hopefully we can go into next year and have a more normal tennis year because so many exciting things are happening in our sport.

We are waiting to see if Roger Federer can come back, what happens with Rafa and you see Daniil Medvedev winning his first major. Then I like (Andrey) Rublev and (Jannik) Sinner. They have so much talent and can be successful in the game for many years to come”.

Gonzalez is playing at the ATP Champions Tour event in London, where US Open champion Emma Raducanu will play an exhibition match on Sunday. Even though Federer ticked all the boxes of conventional style of play, he never hesitated to bring in variety to his game.

Be it the tweener or SABR(Sneak Attack by Roger), the Swiss star always entertained fans with his brilliance on-court. Here is one such instance where Roger won a point against Sam Querrey at SW19 six years ago. With Querrey approaching the net, Federer had to decide whether to go for a passing shot cross-court or to hit a lob.

He did the latter but meticulously used a tweener to send Querrey running past the ball as the American hits it into the net.