'We love to see Roger Federer compete but...', says TD

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'We love to see Roger Federer compete but...', says TD

ITF President David Haggerty insists the new Davis Cup format has the backing of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev. The Davis Cup Finals held its inaugural edition in 2019, but was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic.

The Davis Cup Finals returned this year when Russia made it to the final. "The players we have spoken with enjoyed the experience of the new Finals and said they look forward to future editions," Haggerty said, according to ABC News.

"As you have heard the recent comments from Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal, Marin Cilic and Daniil Medvedev have shown that our vision of the competition is shared by the main players." Djokovic suggested in the Davis Cup Finals that adding more host cities could help the competition.

"That's one of the main ingredients," Haggerty said. "We will leave a legacy in the four cities that have the group stage, as well as the preferred city to have the Finals. There are many prominent reasons why we believe this preferred host is where we will go.

In due course, we will make an announcement." There will be four host cities in the Davis Cup Finals next year. "We are constantly thinking about how to improve, adjust for the future and look towards the 2022 edition," said the CEO of Kosmos, Enric Rojas.

Roger Federer recently confirmed his absence from the 2022 Australian Open, revealing that he does not expect to resume training before March or April next year.

Craig Tiley reflects on King Roger

Australian Open chief Craig Tiley recently spoke about Roger Federer's absence from the 2022 Australian Open.

Tiley feels it will be "a while" before Federer returns to action, but reckons the Swiss will follow the action in Melbourne closely since either Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal could surpass his Grand Slam tally.

"Well for first, we have been in constant contact with Roger, we are all friends with him and love to see him compete but he's recovering from surgery and he's got a 40-year-old+ body now, takes a bit longer to recover now than 20 years ago for him.

He'll be back at some point," Craig Tiley said. Tiley reckons Federer will miss a number of events in the 2022 season, given that the 20-time Major champion will not be able to resume training until March next year.

"I think it will be a while before he plays, he did say probably only March or April, so there's maybe other events he's missing," Tiley added. "He will be someone who'll be watching closely whether Novak or Rafa could surpass his 20 Grand Slam titles."