The tennis world was totally upset in 2020 by the pandemic that upset the lives of all of us and has also significantly changed the trend of the tennis season. Goals such as the historic Wimbledon tournament have been canceled while the Tokyo Olympics have been postponed to 2021.
Consequently, the ranking has also been "frozen", stopped since last March and which will remain so (virus permitting) until next March 8. This means that tennis players, even if they do not participate in tournaments or go out in the early rounds, still manage not to lose points in the ranking and leave the ranking.
Roger Federer's season was particularly conditioned. The Swiss participated in the Australian Open, a tournament where he reached the semifinal but by now quite physically damaged (he saved himself in extremis in the match valid for the quarters) he was clearly defeated by world number one Novak Djokovic.
Federer's injury complicated his seasonal plans and the Swiss, thanks to the pandemic and the cancellation of Wimbledon, decided to undergo a double surgery. It seems obvious that the decision to freeze the ranking subsequently favored the Swiss who also in this final of the season remained in the Top 5 of the ATP ranking.
The only chance to take Roger out of the top 5 in the world is an exploit during the ATP Finals by German Alexander Zverev, currently sixth in the world rankings. The frozen ranking certainly penalizes the young people who have exploded in this part of 2020 like "our" Jannik Sinner who with the points of this 2020, Sofia's recent victory and a normal ranking would be number 20 in the world.
Roger Federer on Bjorn Borg
In conversation with ATP, Roger Federer was joined by tennis legend Bjorn Borg. On being asked about which shot Roger Federer would take from Bjorn Borg’s game, the Swiss Master mentioned that he would take his ‘unbeatable’ backhand.
“Backhand and down the line, like it never misses. My battle has been my whole life to make sure I can hit the four backhands in a row over the court nicely and I feel like Bjorn could close his eyes and do that all day long.
If I knew my backhand would never miss that would be an asset to have. I’ve always admired Bjorn the way he carried himself and what he did for the game and that’s why you’re the king Bjorn”. Later, Bjorn was also given the chance to choose a shot from Federer’s varied skill set.
And the Swedish legend chose Federer’s most potent weapon, the backhand slice. “I like to take his slices backhand. He slices backhand well and I like that very much. It’s very effective when he is in that mood and he knows exactly what to do with that slice backhand”.