Roger Federer does not leave, on the contrary he doubles: the Swiss champion who had already announced his return to the ATP 250 in Doha after 13 months of absence, will also play the following week, from 14 to 20 March, in the ATP 500 in Dubai (where has already won 8 times).
The news came with the announcement of the (partial) entry list of the Emirati tournament which includes other great protagonists such as Dominic Thiem, Andrey Rublev, Kei Nishikori, Denis Shapovalov and our Matteo Berrettini (if he will be able to recover from the injury suffered in Australia).
Federer hasn't played an official match for over a year: the semi-final lost in Melbourne in 2020 against Novak Djokovic. Then only the South African performance against Rafael Nadal before two knee cleaning surgeries that made it impossible to return post lockdown in 2020 and for the first slam of 2021.
It is very difficult for Roger to play at this point the Masters 1000 in Miami in Florida which will start on March 24th, a few days after the end of the Emirati tournament. Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have reigned supreme on the men's tour for nearly two decades now.
Speaking after his fourth-round win over Mackenzie McDonald at the Australian Open, Daniil Medvedev marveled at the ease with which the Big 3 have been accumulating Majors.
Medvedev on the Big 3
"I remember when Sampras beat the record for Grand Slams," Daniil Medvedev said.
"I was really young. I remember all the news saying this record is forever. Just like Messi and Ronaldo in football. Then the three guys came (Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal), they did not just beat the record, they destroyed the record," he added.
"What is this number?" The Russian claimed that he would have to win all the Slams for five years in a row to be able to accumulate a record similar to Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. "(It) is amazing because, for example, me, I'm 25.
I'm playing good tennis," Daniil Medvedev said. "I feel like I'm one of the top players in the world. I have zero Slams. Imagine for me to get 20, I need to win five years in a row every Slam. Five years in a row I need to win every Slam against amazing opponents, five-set matches, not be injured," he added. "That's ridiculous numbers. For me, they're the three for sure greatest players in the history of tennis."
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