'I have coached against Roger Federer and...', says ATP legend

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'I have coached against Roger Federer and...', says ATP legend

His physique still doesn't allow him a tour de force, so Roger Federer wisely prefers to forfeit the Miami Open, the first Masters 1000 of the season scheduled for March 22 at the Magic City's Hard Rock Stadium. Having almost reached the threshold of four decades, the Swiss champion decides to preserve his physique more than a year after the knee injury that prevented him from taking the field for so long.

However, for fans of 'The King' there is a reason to smile, as Roger will regularly be in the main draw of the Doha and Dubai tournaments. After that he will not fly to the States, but will prepare for the grueling season on clay.

As for the anti-covid measures that will be adopted at the Miami Open, the athletes will be facilitated more than the very strict quarantine experienced during the tour in the 'land of kangaroos' However, the so-called bubble among tennis will remain in force; the plant will then be specifically divided into sectors to allow the greatest possible social distancing.

In Florida there will be the presence of the public, which should settle around 20% of the total capacity. Another important novelty is the sharp reduction in price money due to the crisis brought about by the pandemic. Despite this defection, all the big names in world tennis (except Federer) will be at the starting line for the first 1000 of the season.

Novak Djokovic's coach Goran Ivanisevic recently claimed he will never write off Roger Federer, despite the fact that the Swiss has been struggling physically for a while now. In an interview with Tennis Majors, Goran Ivanisevic asserted that Roger Federer's comeback is a signal in itself that the Swiss is ready to be back on the tour.

Ivanisevic talks about Roger Federer

"I have played against Roger Federer and I have coached against Federer," Goran Ivanisevic said. "One thing I have learned is that you should never write him off, so I won’t do it now.

He is always dangerous, particularly at Wimbledon and to a lesser extent at the US Open," the Croat added. "If he is playing, that means that he is ready and when he is ready, he is an extremely difficult opponent to have."

Roger Federer has been missing in action since early 2020. He was last seen on the court at the Australian Open, after which he was forced to have two separate knee operations. Initially expected to return at this year's Australian Open, Federer changed his plans in January and announced that he would be making his comeback only in Doha.

The Swiss legend then also accepted a last-minute wildcard for the ATP 500 tournament in Dubai, which starts on 14 March.