The 20-time Major champion Roger Federer will compete at the Australian Open 2021. Tennis Australia boss Craig Tiley confirmed the news on Sunday, saying Roger Federer and all other tennis stars will play in Melbourne next January.
The organizers are taking care of everything ahead of the biggest annual sporting event in Australia, gathering the players in mid-December and keeping them in the bubble for more than a month, making sure for everyone to remain safe in these pandemic times.
Undergoing two knee surgeries, Roger had to miss all the action in the current season after the Australian Open, working hard on the return and hoping to get back at 100% ahead of the Aussie swing. Ever since 2000, Federer has been a regular visitor in Melbourne, claiming his second Major title there in 2004 and lifting six trophies overall, combined with 102 victories.
Roger had 11 consecutive Australian Open semi-finals between 2004-2014, extending that record in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2020, hoping to stay competitive next year as well after such a long break. Spending the last half a year at home with his family, Roger is back to business, training with his physio Pierre Paganini and starting to hit the ball again on the court.
The Swiss hopes to perform a similar comeback like in 2017, missing the second part of the 2016 season due to knee problems. Determined to get back where he belongs, Federer claimed three out of five Majors between Australian Open events 2017-18, adding more trophies to his Major tally that hadn't been changed since 2012 and becoming world no.
1 again in February 2018. In 2019, Federer won four ATP titles, including the Masters 1000 crown in Miami over John Isner. At his beloved Wimbledon, Roger squandered two match points in the title match against Novak Djokovic, gaining enough points to finish the season in the top-3 at 38.
Roger Federer will compete at the Australian Open in January 2021.
Federer didn't play the ATP Cup for Switzerland at the beginning of 2020, taking more time on the practice court ahead of Melbourne, where he reached the semis after a rollercoaster ride.
In the third round, the Swiss trailed 8-4 in the deciding tie break against John Millman, rattling off six straight points and avoiding an early exit. Struggling with a groin injury, Federer faced seven match points against Tennys Sandgren in the fourth set of the quarter-final, fending them off to prevail in the decider!
In the semis, Novak Djokovic proved to be too strong, beating Roger in straight sets in what has been the last official match for the Swiss. After the record-breaking Cape Town encounter with Rafael Nadal, Roger announced a knee surgery instead of traveling to Dubai, planning to return in June for the grass swing in Halle and Wimbledon.
The coronavirus pandemic had halted the tennis action in March, offering an excellent chance for the Swiss to continue from a high ranking position once the season would start again. Despite the surgery, Roger failed to eliminate the pain that bothered him enough to undergo another in May, choosing to skip the rest of the season and get ready for 2021.
Despite turning 39 in August, Federer is still eager to battle for notable titles in the next year or two, hoping to extend his career and offer fans more of his magic.