The world of tennis is looking forward to seeing Roger Federer's great come back to the Tour. One of the strongest players in the history of the Game and one of the most awarded athletes will not come back for the upcoming Australian Open 2021, but for the end of February or the beginning of March.
It is useless and redundant to go back to underlining the incredible results achieved by the Swiss in more than twenty years on the Tour: 20 Grand Slam titles (including 8 Wimbledon, absolute record), 6 ATP Finals trophies (none like him), 103 total titles (second only to Jimmy Connors), 23 consecutive Major semifinals, a gold medal in doubles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and a silver medal, in singles, at Wimbledon 2012.
These are just some of the countless data that can testify to Federer's greatness: it would be almost impossible to list them all. Semifinalist in the last edition of the Australian Open, Roger was beaten in the semifinals by Novak Djokovic in three sets, after having already risked being ousted from the tournament several times in previous matches.
After undergoing two surgeries on his right knee, Roger initially made it known that he would only return to play in the summer, but the sudden COVID-19 global pandemic stopped the Tour for several months and the Swiss champion chose the wisest and most practical option: come back directly in 2021.
Although there is still no absolute certainty, Federer should participate at the Australian Open 2021: this would be his 22nd appearance in the tournament, which he won six times between 2004 and 2018.
What are Roger Federer's hopes for 2021?
In the past few hours, a user of the YouTube platform, lehunterpro, has made a really touching video dedicated to Roger Federer, called The Last Hope.
This is the title, with an obvious reference to the 20-times-Grand Slam champion's next come back to the court, perceived as the last chance for him to return to top levels (let's not forget that he will be 40 years-old on next August).
Given that making predictions with Roger Federer has always proved wrong, there is no doubt that the Swiss will face a particularly high competition next year: in addition to Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, the old rivals Federer will also have to contend with Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Andrej Rublev and Daniil Medvedev, players who have improved a lot in recent months, as well as gaining more confidence.
2021 will also see the return of the Wimbledon that was canceled last year, in addition to the Tokyo Olympics. In short, it promises to be a really exciting season and, who knows, maybe even full of surprises.