Bad news for fans of Swiss champion Roger Federer. The tennis player, winner of 20 Grand Slam titles, and ready to return in the coming days after about 14 months of absence from the circuit, has forfeited the Masters 1000 in Miami, the first Masters 1000 of the season and a tournament where the Swiss champion was supposed to defend the title won in 2019.
What Roger has faced is certainly the longest break of his career with several months of absence and with Roger who will return to compete next week in the ATP tournament in Doha, a tournament where we will all be able to see the real conditions of the Swiss, absent this time for really a long time.
After Doha and possibly after checking his conditions Federer will return to the field 7 days later at the Dubai tournament, but then announced that he will miss the trip to the United States and the American tournament in Miami.
This tournament moved from Crandon Park to Hard Rock Stadium in 2019 and Federer was the inaugural champion of the new venue. With this renunciation Federer will probably also lose some positions in the standings. Federer's victory in the Miami Masters 1000 is also one of the last major tournaments that the Swiss took home, in 2019 he won in the final after just over an hour of play against the American John Isner, winning in two sets with the result of 6-1; 6-4.
Isner reached the final without losing a single set but in the final he had to deal with physical problems that surely led him to reduce his chances. As a curiosity we remember that for Roger Federer that was the 17th Atp final against an American tennis player, he who boasts an incredible record of 16 successes and only one defeat against André Agassi, a tennis player who defeated him in Miami.
Stefanos Tsitsipas recently claimed that players of his generation have the ability to achieve similar heights in tennis as Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
Tsitsipas still looks up to Roger Federer as his idol
"Roger Federer in my eyes has done incredible things in tennis," Stefanos Tsitsipas said.
"Not that Novak Djokovic hasn't done it, but for me, Federer has always been an idol I grew up with. The things Djokovic has accomplished lately the last 7-8 years are unthinkable. He has raised its level so much, every year it seems to get better.
All I can say is a big thumbs up." The Greek pointed out how Novak Djokovic was himself far from the finished product in his early years, but through hard work and dedication he was able to become the near-perfect player he is today.
"If any of us take this sport even more seriously, he might improve on Novak Djokovic's levels as well," Tsitsipas said. "We saw (Djokovic) make a huge change in 2011 and become a completely different player, a player that no one could win, he was invincible! I think something similar could be done in the new generation, why not?"