Roger Federer is off the pitch since last year's Australian Open when he surrendered to Novak Djokovic in the semifinals at Rod Laver Arena. Two surgeries on his right knee kept the Swiss out of the loop for the rest of 2020, just before the global pandemic broke out, the effects of which still persist today.
Initially it was thought that the 20-time Grand Slam champion would return to Melbourne Park this year, but poor physical condition and strict local government measures have led King Roger to miss the Down Under trip for the first time in the last 23 editions.
It won't take long to see Federer back in action, as the 39-year-old from Basel will be at the start of the ATP 250 in Doha in the second week of March. The former world number 1 is also entered in the 500 in Dubai the following week but - as pointed out by his long-time athletic trainer Pierre Paganini - you need to wait a few games before you can draw up a calendar.
Federer's big goals will be Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics in the summer. Steve Flink, famous writer, columnist and columnist, did not seem very optimistic about the chances of the Swiss to return to competition at almost 40 years old.
Flink on Roger Federer's return
Steve Flink was quick to add that Roger Federer won the Australian Open on his return in 2017, breaking back into the Top-10. “It would be interesting to see what kind of form Federer can show when he comes back next month,” Flink said, stressing that it’s not easy picking up where one left off in the cutthroat world of contemporary men’s tennis.
Pointing out that he is “four years older” since his comeback win in 2017 and that the fact that “he’s been gone more than twice as long” (considering his last injury break), Flink said it is “going to be very difficult for Roger to get acclimated again”.
He added that “all the knee surgeries” would test Federer’s 39-year-old body even more on his return to competition. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will be part of the Miami Open 2021. Along with the recently crowned Australian Open champion, superstars such as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will feature at this event.
Since organizers have postponed the Indian Wells, the Miami Open will be the first Masters 1000 tournament of the new season. In the previous season, the ‘sunshine double’ (Indian Wells and Miami Open) was canceled in wake of the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Prior to that, the event was held successfully in 2019, where Roger Federer was crowned champion in the men’s category and the World No.1 Ashleigh Barty had won the women’s event.