When the season was interrupted in March for the Coronavirus emergency, one wondered if the long stop could favor Roger Federer or not. The Basel veteran, who will turn 39 in a few days, was planning to return just in time for Wimbledon after undergoing an operation on his right knee.
However, a stumbling block in rehabilitation forced him to a new intervention by ending his 2020. The 20-time Grand Slam champion has decided to take it easy and not to rush back, which is why we will have to wait until 2021 to see him dance again on the field.
The former World number 1 has only played the Australian Open this year, without forgetting his performance with Rafael Nadal in Cape Town last February. Despite having to deal with some difficulties, Federer was able to spend more time than usual at home with his family.
Federer on the enforced lockdown
"I haven't had this long at home in 25 years. We're safe because we're up in the mountains and don't see anybody," Roger Federer told Miami Living Magazine in an interview.
"I've been very strict and serious about the rules. I haven't seen my parents in three months now, and we've been chasing around after the kids the best we can on our own, but I think this strange time has given us a chance to reflect and take stock of what really matters, which is family, friends, health, and happiness."
Roger Federer is arguably the greatest men's singles player of all time. With eight Wimbledon Championships and 20 Slams overall, combined with a much-loved personality off the court, Federer is easily the biggest tennis star of the modern era.
Due to the absence of Federer and Nadal, the US Open 2020 will be the first tournament since 1999 to be played without the Swiss and Spanish on the scoreboard. In addition, WTA number 1 Ashleigh Barty has expressed serious doubts about the plague situation in the United States.
The participation of Novak Djokovic is more likely, who should dissolve the reservations in a few days. With Nadal and Federer missing from New York, world number one Novak Djokovic will have a golden opportunity to land an 18th Grand Slam singles title.
Djokovic was named on the US Open entry list on Tuesday which included seven of the world’s top 10 players. Djokovic, a three-time US Open champion, will be joined by world number three Dominic Thiem, world number 5 Daniil Medvedev and sixth-ranked Stefanos Tsitsipas.