Roger Federer admitted he was sad that he was unable to participate in the latest edition of the ATP Finals at London's O2 Arena. The Tournament of Masters will in fact leave the English capital from next year to move to Turin.
The former world number 1, who has been in the pits practically since February after surgery on his right knee, will make his return to the field at the beginning of next season, with the doubt that it could represent the last of his unrepeatable career.
The Swiss phenomenon has already targeted the Australian Open 2021, although his big goals will undoubtedly be Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics. Meanwhile, the 20-time Grand Slam champion took part in a conversation with Swedish legend Bjorn Borg to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ATP Finals.
The 39-year-old from Basel was asked what aspect of his game he would steal from Bjorn.
Federer on his love for the ATP Finals
"Backhand down the line maybe," said the 20-time Grand Slam champion. "It never missed.
My battle in life has been to make sure I can hit four backhands in a row over the net nicely and I feel like Bjorn can close his eyes and do that all night long." Asked the same question, the 12-time Grand Slam winning Swede had words of high praise for Roger Federer.
"Can I take his whole game? (laughs) He has the perfect game. But I would like to take his sliced backhand. It's very effective when he's in the mood and he knows exactly what to do with it. I need that slice if you ask me," said Bjorn Borg.
Roger Federer also spoke about his love for the ATP Finals, and claimed that qualifying for the event for the first time in 2003 was a big confidence booster for him. "Honestly it doesn’t matter where it (the event) moves, any player will go where it goes.
I would go to the moon if I could," Federer said. "Qualifying for the Tennis Masters Cup (in 2003) was a huge deal. It opened my belief that I could beat the best baseline players from the baseline. 2003 was a true breakthrough tournament for me at the time."
It is to be noted that Federer’s backhand is not bad. But it is undoubtedly his weakest shot among all his range. On his day, it is one of the best shots to see but recently, his contemporaries have targeted and found success against it.
To see Federer back on the court, we will have to wait for a few more months. As the Swiss master recovers from his knee surgeries, he is expected to make a return at the 2021 Australian Open.