Roger Federer does not promise but not even exclude. And to fuel the expectations of millions of fans from all over the world, the first major tournament of the year has regularly entered the Australian Open. This is not to say Federer will be regularly on the pitch in Melbourne.
The Swiss champion has been absent from the fields for eleven months, has undergone two surgeries in a short time but is training very hard in Dubai. His was a working Christmas: double training session every day to return to the field in Melbourne.
The first step at this point was registration: also to formalize the timing of any quarantine. Now everything will depend on his condition. Federer, as mentioned, is in Dubai: the news of his registration for the Australian Open has also been confirmed by the organizers.
The tournament has been postponed: the arrival of the tennis players is expected from January 15th, and the game will start on February 8th. Forty days to be able to take the field. Melbourne tournament director Craig Tiley has confirmed that Djokovic and Nadal will also be in Melbourne where Federer first won in 2004.
Roger Federer, 40 in August, won 20 Grand Slam tournaments, six in Australia, the last of which in 2018 by beating Cilic in the final. The presence of the most anticipated Italians has also been confirmed: Fabio Fognini who will return after the injury and Covid and Matteo Berrettini who is confirmed number # 10 in the ATP ranking in addition to Jannik Sinner.
In 2021, the Big 3 of men's tennis - Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal & Roger Federer - will continue their battle for some of the greatest all-time records in the sport. And former World No. 4 Greg Rusedski believes Novak Djokovic will break Pete Sampras' record for most year-end finishes at No.
1 and Roger Federer's record for most weeks at No. 1, but that Rafael Nadal might end up with the record for most Majors.
Rusedski on the 2019 Wimbledon final
Greg Rusedski claimed that Roger Federer's loss to Novak Djokovic in the 2019 Wimbledon final after having two match points could end up having a big say in the Grand Slam race.
"The points against Novak Djokovic, that must be the most heartbreaking loss of his career. [If he wins that] All of a sudden that takes him (Roger Federer) to 21 and leaves Djokovic right now at 16 and he's still ahead in the race over Nadal," Rusedski stated.
"I don't think he's got a shot to win the Australian Open or the French, those will be big asks for him," Rusedski said. "He can still have good runs there but won't win them. Wimbledon, that's where he's aiming at."