Faint traces of Roger Federer had appeared in the entry list of the ATP Cup, the newborn team tournament rescheduled in Melbourne from February 1st, a rich warm-up ahead of the Australian Open. That he had signed up was not a promise to see him in action, but still a declaration of intent from Roger.
Instead it turned out to be a will-o'-the-wisp. With his right knee (arthroscopically operated twice between February and June) still creaking, coach Ljubicic did not give the master the green light to face the 23rd season of professionalism.
The return is postponed, at this point imaginable somewhere in the season between Rotterdam (indoor) and Dubai (outdoor), not before the end of February, according to a calendar that depends on the progress of the world pandemic and that the ATP has yet to formalize.
And one of the tasty first fruits that the new year had in store for us is also postponed to a later date: the first challenge between Jannik Sinner, the Italian sensation, and the 20 Slam champion (record increasingly at risk: in Melbourne we will be both number one Djokovic and number two Nadal): "I would like to face him before he retires" is the hope of the South Tyrolean.
Tennis awaits this last twilight and vague Federer: 333 days since the last official match (the Melbourne semi-final lost to Djokovic on January 30th) is an unacceptably long time. Former World No. 8 doubles player Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi shared details of his conversation with Roger Federer during his appearance on The Epic Show.
Qureshi shares details of his conversation with Roger Federer
"I had been talking to Roger Federer; he can live anywhere in the world. Even Rafael Nadal can live anywhere in the world. But when I asked Federer where he would love to live after retirement, he said 'Switzerland, because that's where I am from, that's where people know me'" - Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi said.
Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi later gave his views on social media platforms, and the effect they have on individuals. Qureshi believes that the amount of negativity is increasing on social media, as the current generation always looks for shortcuts and easy targets.
The Lahore-based player mentioned that Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are three of the most high-profile tennis stars that he follows on Instagram, as they are personalities everyone can idolize. He signed off by stating that the upcoming Pakistani players would love to see coaching videos from Roger Federer on social media.