Roger Federer is an extremely popular figure not only for his unique style of play, but also because of his extraordinary longevity and work ethic. In fact, careful planning has allowed the Swiss phenomenon to remain at the top even in old age, although two operations on his right knee have kept him out for most of last season.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion recently returned to the Doha hard court, where he reached the quarter-finals by relinquishing a comeback to Georgian Basilashvili. The former world number 1 has confirmed his intention to play some tournaments on clay, but his calendar for the next two months has not yet been announced.
What is certain is that the 39-year-old from Basel does not appear in the entry list of the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo in April. King Roger's goal is to be ready for Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, both scheduled for this summer.
During her press conference before the start of the Miami Open, the winner of the 2019 US Open Bianca Andreescu said that she has been an esteem for the Maestro since she was very young.
Andreescu on her passion for Roger Federer
"I'm Bianca, but don't worry," Bianca Andreescu said when she was addressed as 'Belinda'
After the confusion had been cleared, the 20-year-old admitted that she hadn't met Roger Federer personally in the last few years. "I've never met him," Bianca Andreescu replied when asked about her relationship with Roger Federer.
"I might have taken a picture with him when I was little. I don't remember. But I've seen him play ever since I was little." The Canadian believes Federer has done a lot for the sport that she plays, and she even asserted that the Swiss is one of the greatest players of all time.
"He's such a great role model for me, for many people. He has really given tennis a lot. He is one of the best of all time," Andreescu said. Federer has been surpassed by Novak Djokovic in the number of weeks as World No.
1, which was one of his most cherished records. And the Swiss must now also be worried about his Grand Slam record getting overtaken by Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, who stand at 20 and 18 Grand Slams respectively. Against that background, Roger Federer would be keen to make a charge for the 2021 Wimbledon title and hold off the other two a while longer.
But in any case, if Rafael Nadal wins his 21st Major at the French Open, it would spell the end of Federer's reign at the top. That said, Roger Federer has never gone down quietly and he never will. Federer could still salvage his status in 2021 if he ends up breaking the record for most Slams won, among others.