Almost a year has passed since Roger Federer last set foot on the pitch. After the 2020 Australian Open semi-final against Novak Djokovic, the Swiss phenomenon underwent a double operation on his right knee that kept him out for the rest of last season.
The delicate situation linked to the global pandemic is likely to have affected the 39-year-old from Basel's decision to forgo the 2021 Australian Open, thus missing the Happy Slam for the first time in the last 23 editions.
Thanks to the new ranking system introduced to face the consequences of the Coronavirus emergency, the former number 1 in the world was able to keep a place in the Top 5. King Roger's main goal is to be ready for Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics.
without forgetting the US Open at the end of August. Speaking on Amazon Prime, former US Open finalist Greg Rusedski is convinced that King Roger will still have some satisfaction. On the other hand, Federer had already shown in 2017 that he could express himself at very high levels even after a long stop.
Rusedski on Roger Federer's greatness
“The last time Roger Federer took a six-month break, he came back better than ever," Greg Rusedski said. "So I hope that Federer comes back with everything next year.
I think he will come back and be strong in 2021, he would never disregard his name”. The ability to compete at the highest level has often been mentioned as a necessary aspect of his career, by Roger Federer himself.
The 46-year-old Rusedski said something similar, and also spoke about Roger Federer’s long-standing goal of winning an elusive singles gold at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021. “He will only play as long as he thinks he can win big tournaments.
His big goal is the Tokyo Olympics, he still doesn't have a gold medal in singles and that is something he would love to win, as well as another Grand Slam," Rusedski added. The Australian Open 2021 is just a month away and its excitement is already touching the sky.
It will be the first Grand Slam of the year, and fans are quite enthusiastic to watch their superstars play in Melbourne. Not only fans but even some legends of the sport will also be witnessing the Australian Open live. However, there was some sad news as well.
Firstly, Roger Federer withdrew from the Australian Open 2021. To add to this, 11-time Grand Slam winner Rod Laver recently announced some heartbreaking news. He updated the fans that he would be staying at his home this time and would not watch the Australian Open live.
“I’ve made a decision to stay home this year and sadly will miss the Aus Open,” tweeted the tennis legend.