Novak Djokovic has been the player to beat so far in 2020, lifting the eighth Australian Open crown and scoring 18 victories from as many matches. Nonetheless, the coronavirus is the most essential element of our sport and the entire world at the moment, with the pandemic taking many lives around the globe and canceling the tennis action ever since Indian Wells.
After Dubai, Acapulco and Santiago, the Davis Cup weekend took place and that was the last official action on the men's Tour this season, with no information about the possible restart and with many hints that Wimbledon will be canceled this week for the first time since 1945.
Like many other players, the 20-time Major champion Roger Federer is spending time at home in Switzerland, giving his best to stay in shape and hoping to hit the court as soon as possible, never playing after the Australian Open and the semi-final loss to Djokovic.
Spending some time with his fans on Twitter, Roger shared a video of himself hitting some trick shots against the wall during the snowy conditions outside, reminding us all of his skills and looking sharp and determined to compete again after that knee injury.
Deciding to skip the ATP Cup in January, Roger kicked off the season at the Australian Open, delivering quick victories over Steve Johnson and Filip Krajinovic to find himself in the third round, facing John Millman there.
After an incredible battle that lasted for more than four hours, Federer prevailed in the deciding match tie break after trailing 8-4, rattling off the final six points to avoid the defeat and find himself in the last 16.
There, Roger dominated over Marton Fucsovics from the second set, setting the quarter-final clash against Tennys Sandgren where he had to work even harder than against Millman, repelling no less than seven match points in the fourth set to prevail and reach the semis where he stood no chance versus Novak Djokovic, struggling with a groin injury and ending his journey in the last four.
A couple of weeks later, Federer announced an ongoing knee injury that had been bothering him for a while, undergoing surgery and hoping to hit the court again in June in Halle, skipping Dubai, Indian Wells, Miami and Roland Garros.
Federer's return will almost certainly be delayed and he can only sit and wait for some news from the officials that will hardly be positive for both the players and the fans who are waiting eagerly to play and watch tennis again.