The Miami Open, the first Masters 1000 of this 2021, is very close by now. Unfortunately for all fans and in general also for the organizers of the tournament, this tournament has the unfortunate record of being the first tournament since the Paris Bercy tournament.
of 2004 in which none of the Big Three will participate, the three legends of this sport, namely Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Despite their age, these 3 tennis players are the most requested athletes on the circuit and their simultaneous absence certainly does not make the former tennis player and tournament organizer James Blake happy.
These are not the only absences of this tournament, however, there are about thirty forfeits among the top 100 tennis players of the ATP ranking and in the last hours the blue number one Matteo Berrettini has also been added who has not fully recovered from the physical problems Australian Open and that in general wants to return directly to clay.
Kei Nishikori recently revealed that facing Roger Federer in a final would be his ideal scenario for an ATP Masters 1000 match. In an interview with ATP ahead of this week's Miami Masters, Kei Nishikori talked about he would like to play a few more matches against Roger Federer, his 'idol'
Nishikori on facing Roger Federer
"I would play Roger Federer, because he is my idol," Kei Nishikori responded when asked about his dream match at a Masters 1000 event. "If we can play a couple more times, it would be great because it is just fun to play against him."
Kei Nishikori on his part believes Roger Federer will be on the tour for a while longer. The Japanese also claimed that playing against Federer is always an enriching experience. "You get many experiences from [playing] Roger Federer," Nishikori said.
"I am sure he is going to play a couple more years. Before he retires, I want to play him a couple more times. A final would be great." During the interview, Kei Nishikori also picked the 2014 Madrid Masters final against Rafael Nadal as the toughest Masters 1000 series match he has played in his career.
"I would say the 2014 Madrid final against Rafael Nadal," Kei Nishikori said. "It was good and bad. I played [some of] my best tennis. It was a great match and a great start. I was closing my eyes, hitting everything and it was going in.
After the second set, I started feeling my leg," he added. "I couldn’t move. Unfortunately, I had to retire. It was a good memory, but also sad because I had a little chance to win against Rafa."