Roger Federer's return to the field is less and less missing. The Swiss champion was stopped for more than a year due to a knee injury sustained at the Australian Open 2020 and played his last official match in Melbourne against Novak Djokovic in the semifinals.
Federer is now ready and will play the Doha and Dubai tournaments over the next few weeks. Both ATP events will be played in March: the first will take place from 8 to 13; the second from 14 to 20. After these two tournaments, it is still unclear what the schedule of the 20-time Grand Slam champion will be, but a major update comes straight from Miami.
The management of the Masters 1000 event has in fact published the entry list of the tournament and among the names there is also that of Roger Federer. This year there will be many innovations that players will have to face in Miami.
First, the organizers of the tournament have thought of building a sort of bubble to allow players to compete in what will become the first Masters 1000 of 2021. There will then be a significant reduction in the total prize pool, which should rise to around 6.68 million.
dollars. The last important piece of news is that relating to the public: the US tournament hopes to be able to welcome spectators back, albeit in a limited number. As for the entry list, in addition to Federer, all the best tennis players are registered for the tournament.
Roger Federer's fitness trainer Pierre Paganini has admitted that retirement undoubtedly crossed the tennis icon's mind during his injury lay-off, but says there are no plans to call time on his career just yet ahead of his comeback next month.
Federer required knee surgery straight after the 2020 Australian Open which initially was expected to rule him out for several months, but he had to undergo a second procedure in June which forced him to miss the remainder of the season.
Paganini discusses Roger Federer's return
"You have to have incredible personal qualities in order to continue having this passion in training. Mentally too, and then also in games" - Pierre Paganini said. He added: "It's a bit early to answer this question.
Roger Federer's also the fifth generation he's playing against. The opponents are strong, tennis is getting stronger. And he made one decisive contribution to it. So it is almost his fault that it is so. But I would like to emphasise that he also knows that the road will be a little longer.
I cannot imagine him not asking questions about the withdrawal. But when he decided to have surgery and said: 'I want to know if I can again', it was logical that he did not want to think about the end of his career. He had chosen a route that would take several months and would aim to return, not to say goodbye."