Roger Federer has succeeded in the extraordinary feat of playing at the highest levels for over 20 years. Despite the two operations on his right knee last year, the former world number 1 has chosen to get back in the game by returning to the field more than a year after his last official appearance.
His run in the Doha tournament came to a halt in the quarter-finals, but the Swiss phenomenon has shown that he can still get some satisfaction before hanging up his racket. The unknown is mainly linked to his physical condition, an aspect not to be underestimated for a player who will turn 40 in August.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion will not be present at the Masters 1000 in Miami later this month, where he was supposed to defend the title he won two years ago in the first edition at Hard Rock Stadium. The 39-year-old from Basel does not even appear in the entry list of the first big event on red, the Monte Carlo Masters.
In a long interview granted to 'Gazeta Sporturilor', former ATP number 26 Victor Hanescu made some interesting remarks about King Roger.
Hanescu on Roger Federer
"Roger Federer is a very elegant guy off the court," Victor Hanescu stated.
"There are a lot of things he does out of politeness. He knows what level he is at and that he has to behave in a certain way. But when he enters the court, he transforms completely and we can see a Roger Federer who is no longer so friendly and kind and becomes a ferocious fighter."
The Miami Open 2021 will be the first ATP 1000 series tournament of the year. Yet, due to its proximity to the clay season and several injury hurdles, some big players are absent from the tournament. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Dominic Thiem are the top 10 players who will be missing from the flagship event.
Roger Federer is the defending champion in Miami. He won the last 2019 edition defeating John Isner in the finals. But in 2021, Federer made his return to tennis after 13 months out because of injury. The return wasn’t a happy one as he lost in the second round of the ATP 250 event in Doha, Qatar.
Thus, along with Dubai Tennis Championships, Federer had decided to skip Miami too in order to practice more. He is looking ahead at the clay season for match fitness to fully prepare for the grass-court season and more importantly Wimbledon.