From 8 to 21 February, the Australian Open in Melbourne will dominate the scene and will be given due attention. After a long wait and some controversy, the first Grand Slam in the tennis world will take its place and there is no shortage of expectations to know how it will end.
In the men's draw, the question is always the same: will the tennis players of the new generation manage to undermine the hegemony of the great veteran champions? Translated: Can Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal be defeated? Only the field will be able to give us this answer and the Serbian, in particular, will want to confirm his feeling with this Major, bringing the count of successes to 9 in his incredible career.
Rafa will try to hinder him, who in Paris last year was able to teach him a lesson of no small importance and achieve 13 triumphs in Roland Garros. For the first time in the last 23 editions, Roger Federer will be missing. During a recent conversation with Wide World of Sports Radio, legendary doubles player Todd Woodbridge had no hesitation in singling out Roger Federer as the ‘greatest all-court player’.
Woodbridge on Roger Federer's chance in 2021
"I finished at Wimbledon because that was the mecca for me, that's where it all began, that's the home of tennis,” Todd Woodbridge explained. "I really feel that's where Roger Federer would like to leave, and it could then be on his own terms”.
Woodbridge also expressed his disappointment at the way the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted Roger Federer's signing off years. "I think it's such a shame that if this is what happens to Roger, COVID has taken away from it being on his terms,” Woodbridge said.
"It's a great story, it's great drama. It's been one of the greatest eras of any sport that we could've ever watched," the Aussie said. "You've got to think we will struggle to get back to those heights any time soon because Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic were phenomenal players to have all come through at once”.
Keeping in mind his great comeback at the Australian Open 2017 when many had labeled him as ‘finished’, it’ll be intriguing to watch Federer again. Fans are eagerly waiting for his return and still have huge expectations from him.
Will Federer be able to win his 21st Grand Slam title in 2021? Age is certainly an obstacle for him, as he’ll now be competing against players who are almost half of his age.