The greatest players of all time are distinguished by the supreme craftsmanship, extraordinary talent and mind-boggling wit they display in matches. They are superior athletes, top-level agonists and exceptional people, who know how to achieve success with their will, the power of thought and the deep commitment.
They are better than anyone else because they find the taste of defeat intolerable and because they manage almost unbearable pressure with composure and flair. And among these we find Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, a trio of icons that has totally captured the imagination of the sports public for almost two decades, dominating this sport with eternal feats.
Think about it: Federer and Nadal are paired at the top of the men's singles Grand Slam standings with 20 titles each, while Djokovic is just below his two main rivals at 18. Federer is 39, Nadal 34 and Djokovic 33, but this does not seem to matter: all three are unscratchable and, in many ways, ageless.
They fight the passage of time fiercely and they are still the ones who dictate the pace and triumph in major tournaments. It was quite a disappointing moment for fans when Roger Federer decided to withdraw from the Miami Open 2021.
Fans were expecting that they might see Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Federer together at the same event after a long time. However, it appears that the Swiss Maestro isn’t fully ready for the ATP 1000 Masters tournament yet.
Recently, James Blake, Tournament Director of the Miami Open 2021, said that he hopes that Roger Federer would return to the Miami Open 2021.
James Blake on Roger Federer
He believes that he might reconsider his plan of withdrawal from the event.
“We certainly would have loved Roger Federer to return to Miami to defend his title,” said James Blake in a recent interview. Although Blake expressed a desire of having Federer in Miami, he admitted that he would want Roger to be 100% fit before that.
“However, as a former player, I understand that you need to travel and playing schedule to properly work your way back to 100 percent fitness when coming off an injury,” added the former World No.4. “Roger is an incredible ambassador for the sport.
So, the longer he is able to play on tour, the better it is for all of tennis,” concluded the tournament director. Roger Federer is on the 5th spot in the ATP rankings right now and will lose 1000 points if he misses the Miami Open 2021. Will Federer take Blake’s suggestion and change his plans about the ATP 1000 Masters event?