Roger Federer 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. Roger Federer's name was regularly entered on the Miami Open entry-list, as this is a 'mandatory' tournament for those entitled to the rankings.
However, according to some rumors, the participation of the 20-time Grand Slam champion was hanging by a thread. In the morning the confirmation of his absence in Miami Gardens arrived not only from a Swiss television very close to the player, but also from his agent Tony Godsik.
Despite this he will return to compete next week in Doha, especially to see the real condition of his knee more than a year after his last match. By not participating in the Masters 1000 in Miami, Roger Federer will lose the 1000 points he won in 2019, which has been one of the last high points of his career so far.
In fact, two years ago the Swiss won in the final against the host John Isner. Roger was the inaugural champion of the new venue that season, moving from Crandon Park to Hard Rock Stadium. With this renunciation, the current No.
5 in the world will lose some positions in the standings. It must be remembered that from this month he will no longer be able to enjoy the 'Protected Ranking', introduced in 2020 due to the pandemic. Without this unprecedented rule he would be without a ranking as he was out of competition for more than twelve months.
Roger Federer's comeback is being eagerly awaited all over the world, by his fans as well as his fellow players. And in a recent interview, Kazakh pro Alexander Bublik expressed his desire to play against Federer before he retires.
Bublik pays tribute to Roger Federer
"Roger Federer, he's the GOAT (Greatest of all time) in tennis," Alexander Bublik said. "And he's going to quit soon so I would like to play him and tell my grandkids I played against Roger Federer."
Alexander Bublik's wish to play Roger Federer could come to fruition in Doha itself, if the stars align themselves. While Federer is in the main draw, Bublik sits as the first alternate in the Doha entry list. The chances of Bublik moving into the main draw don't look that bad.
There have been several injuries in the first few weeks of the new season, and one or more players could easily withdraw from Doha.