Bertolucci: "Every time Roger Federer wins it's a miracle, because..."

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Bertolucci: "Every time Roger Federer wins it's a miracle, because..."

2021 tennis season began on January 5th with the qualifiers of the ATP 250 tournament in Delray Beach and the WTA tournament in Abu Dhabi, but with the absence of Roger Federer at least untill the end of February, due to the slow recovery from the two surgeries of last season.

At this start of the season, the favorites at the Australian Open 2021 remain Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, who have won 37 Grand Slam tournaments together, and players like Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev who have shown they can compete against the best even in most important events of the ATP Tour.

Roger Federer will not play in Australia, who made this tough decision to better recover from his knee injury and not spend too much time away from his family.

Paolo Bertolucci about the season and Roger Federer

Paolo Bertolucci, former Italian tennis player, talked about the new season and the balance of the ATP Tour in an interesting interview with Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport.

He said: "What do I expect from the Italians? A confirmation. 2020 was supposed to be the year of Matteo Berrettini's explosion, who then had so many physical problems. The others confirmed the good things expected. I'm talking about Lorenzo Sonego, Jannik Sinner, Marco Cecchinato's come back to decent levels.

I am convinced that Fabio Fognini, having solved his ankle problems, can come back to high levels. He changed coach because I think he was looking for new stimuli. For me he is still two years old at least at a high level. Jannik Sinner and Lorenzo Musetti? Constant progress.

More than the explosion, which would still please me, I would be happy to see continuous growth, week after week, month after month. Because it guarantees a level player who stays at the top for a long time." Bertolucci then focused on Federer's heavy absence and on the chances of seeing him still win at high levels.

"Maybe for the sake of fairy tales. For me, at his age, every time he goes on the court and he wins it's a miracle. Then he was stopped for a year, and between 38 and 39 years-old it's like missing five." We have to recall that the Australian Open 2021, this year, will be played in early February, and not in January, due to the quarantine that all players will have to play respect once you arrive in Australia.

ovak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep and all the others, will come back for the upcoming Australian Open 2021, which will be held in Melbourne from 8 February: it will be the most awaited sports event of the first part of the new season.

It will be a very spectacualr season, and all of us hope without the problems of the last one, with some presence of the crowd in the courts across the world.