'I would like to play Roger Federer because...', says ATP ace
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 4848
A few days after the announcement of his certain return to the field at the Doha tournament, Roger Federer has announced that he will not participate in the Masters 1000 in Miami, a tournament scheduled at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens from March 22nd.
Event which, moreover, he is the holder of, having been the last to win (2019 edition) against the American Isner. Instead, his presence after Doha has been confirmed at the Dubai tournament, which has been the venue for his training for some time.
At the base of the choice of the Swiss champion, as evidenced by the two confirmed tournaments in Doha and Dubai, there would therefore be the desire to proceed with a return as "sweet" as possible so as to avoid that the body could be affected in any way.
An extra precaution also in light of the planned quarantine period for those arriving in the United States, a condition that will certainly make a certain continuity and freedom in training more difficult. The renunciation of the Masters 1000 in Miami will cost Federer the loss of 1000 points in the ranking and most likely will lead him to slide one position in the top ten, from number 5 to number 6 to the advantage of the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas.
First date on earth that Federer should be involved in at the moment appears to be the Munich Masters 1000. 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.
Alexander Bublik could get the chance to play Roger Federer in Doha
When asked to name the one player he most wanted to face, Alexander Bublik had no hesitation in naming Roger Federer. The Kazakh even called Federer the 'greatest of all time', and acknowledged that the Swiss probably doesn't have a lot of time left on the tour.
"Roger Federer, he's the GOAT (Greatest of all time) in tennis," 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." Roger Federer returns to the ATP Tour at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha next week, after more than a year on the sidelines.
Federer has not played on the ATP tour since the 2020 Australian Open due to a knee injury, which required two surgeries. 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.