Champions never end, or rather they never end. To win and to amaze, to gird oneself with undying glory and transform the years that pass into gold. At the time of the coronavirus, it seems that the sports overtaxes have found more than the anti-pandemic vaccine, the right antidote to stay young even after having largely exceeded the 'anta' or close to crossing that milestone once considered the antechamber of farewell.
But in this planet called sport, increasingly populated by 'elderly' not to be confused with the 'old glories', there are also stars that shine from a handful of decades like Serena Williams (chasing her 24th Grand Slam) or Roger Federer, who at forty is training to realize his last big dream, the Olympic gold (if Tokyo 2020 will allow it).
Roger Federer is slated to make his long-awaited comeback to the tennis circuit next month in Doha. The 20-time major winner has not played on the ATP Tour since his semifinal loss to Novak Djokovic at the 2020 Australian Open.
Former World No. 17 Nicolas Escude, who partnered Roger Federer at the 2000 French Open doubles event, is among those keenly following the comeback of the 39-year-old.
Escude comments on Roger Federer
Nicolas Escude, who scored three wins in seven career meetings against Roger Federer, also refused to write off the Swiss' chances of winning a 21st Grand Slam.
The Frenchman did admit, however, that it would be a difficult task for Roger Federer given that the rest of the field is catching up with the Big 3. "It will be much harder than before," Escude said. "Some young players have gained confidence.
Dominic Thiem won a Grand Slam so that will set him free. Alexander Zverev reached the final, he is not far. Felix Auger-Aliassime arrives and others will rise in the ranks. It becomes tougher at the competition level at the top of the pyramid."
This the first time in 23 years that the Swiss Maestro has pulled out from the Melbourne Slam. The reason for this decision was the failure to fully recover in time to gain match fitness following the two surgeries on his knee in 2020.
He didn’t feel that his fitness was up to the mark and hence withdrew from the Australian Open. Now, it has been nearly 13 months since Roger has stepped onto the court. He surely wants to return as soon as possible, but he is not going to put his body at risk in the process.