The first big appointment of 2021 went to the archive without too many surprises. In fact, the Australian Open ended with the umpteenth victory of Novak Djokovic, able to lift his ninth title at Melbourne Park by putting the Major number 18 of his amazing career on the showcase.
Rafael Nadal, on the other hand, has failed his first attempt to knock Roger Federer off in the Grand Slam standings, but it is clear to everyone that the 34-year-old Majorcan will have the best chance at Roland Garros in a few months.
The Spaniard, also afflicted with a back problem, had Stefanos Tsitsipas reassemble two sets, leaving the stage in the quarter-finals. There is great anticipation for Federer's return to the field, who will be at the starting line for the ATP 250 in Doha next week.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion, absent for over a year, has already targeted Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics in the summer. During a long interview with 'La Stampa', Bjorn Borg took stock of the situation on the eve of the season on clay.
Borg praises Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal
“Rafael Nadal in Melbourne has won once, but he could have done it two or three more times," Bjorn Borg stated. "In Paris he will certainly be the favorite, but let's not forget Tsitsipas, Medvedev, Shapovalov, Zverev who can do well in all the big tournaments.
And then Novak Djokovic: he wants to win as many Slams as possible to overtake Roger Federer and Nadal”. Bjorn Borg was then asked if there is any current player who reminds him of himself, in response to which the Swede mentioned the names of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
“Well, there are Nadal and Djokovic, but also many young people,” Borg said. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal both play for Team Europe, under Bjorn Borg's captaincy, during the Laver Cup. “I am proud to be the captain of Europe,” said Borg.
“I've been three times already, the next will be in Boston in the fall. It's a great experience because it allows me to spend a lot of time with champions like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, go out to dinner with them and understand what they think about sport, how they are still trying to improve themselves."
After confirming his participation at the ATP Doha Open and the Dubai Tennis Championships, it would be strenuous for the 39-year-old player to compete in Miami soon after. Federer is making a comeback after a long duration, and it would be wise to not overexert himself after a lengthy period.