The last time without Roger Federer in the main draw (the main draw) in Melbourne, in 1999, there was another currency in Europe. The world has changed, Roger has become a legend. Also thanks to six victories at the Australian Open.
The first in 2004, in the final against Safin: second Grand Slam title after winning at Wimbledon (the first of five consecutive) the previous year. In the following season came the rematch from Safin, who defeated the Swiss in the semifinals.
Then two consecutive wins by Roger, in 2006 and 2007: 3-1 comeback against Baghdatis and 3-0 against Fernando Gonzales, without ever losing a set in the whole tournament. It was the tenth title of the Grand Slam, that year the victories at Wimbledon and US Open would also come (like the previous year).
Melbourne will be a little more empty this year. To put it like the Eiffel 65, it will be “Blue”. Sad. In these 21 years the world has changed, Federer has become a legend and the Australian cement has always been trodden by the Swiss champion.
A chapter closes, with the hope that Roger will soon be able to write more pages. For life to be beautiful again and Federer to take the stage again.
Roger Federer states the importance of having a team
The Swiss ace recently shot a commercial with Mercedes Benz, in which, he states the importance of having a team.
Roger Federer makes it clear, all the accomplishments he’s earned, cannot be credited to himself alone but to the entire team and support staff, he’s been blessed with. The eight-time Wimbledon champion said: “People think we athletes or famous people get it all by ourselves but we need coaching, we need support, it’s always been a team effort.
Maybe on the court, it looks like I’m doing it alone”. Reflecting on the current season, Roger decided to skip the Australian Open. To live five weeks away from his family and kids was not something he felt comfortable doing at this point in time.
Rotterdam tournament director Richard Krajicek recently showered rich praise on Rafael Nadal, and claimed that the Spaniard's presence would elevate the event significantly. Krajicek also gave his opinion on Roger Federer’s much-awaited comeback, which many believe could take place at Rotterdam.
Roger Federer is a three-time champion at Rotterdam, having won the title in 2005, 2012 and 2018. The 20-time Grand Slam champion was also runner-up in 2001, losing to Nicolas Escude in the final. Federer defeated his current coach Ivan Ljubicic (2005), Juan Martin del Potro (2012) and Grigor Dimitrov (2018) in the finals of his three triumphs.