While many players have decided to skip the Miami Masters 1000, starting with the Big 3 consisting of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer, Roberto Bautista Agut sees this as a great opportunity for him. This is a first for 17 years.
While the Miami Masters 1000 opened on Wednesday, the tournament is already being talked about by the absence of Big 3. Indeed, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have decided for various reasons not to go to Florida.
, just like Dominic Thiem. In total, no less than 32 Top 100 players skipped the Miami Masters 1000, enough to allow some participants to enjoy it, like Roberto Bautista Agut, who did not hide his satisfaction. “The three of them are not there and neither are Thiem, so there are four important victims.
It is clear that the level in tennis today is very even. Any rival can beat you if you are not well, but a priori, that these four players are not in the tournament, it is a good thing for those of us who are going to play it”, a entrusted the Spaniard in an interview with AS and relayed by We Love Tennis.
Meanwhile, Andrey Rublev recently laid out the difference between his goals and those of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, who are all skipping this week's Miami Open.
Rublev on the Big 3's schedule
"I mean, I think about top players they have completely different things that they are playing for," Andrey Rublev said.
"They are playing for the records, they are playing for the Slams, they've been playing Miami for 20 years. For them now, it's not only about one tournament." The trio of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer share a mammoth 58 Major triumphs and 99 ATP Masters 1000 titles between them.
They have also taken home 14 of the last 15 Grand Slams. In that context, Andrey Rublev might not be wrong in his assessment that the Big 3 would be looking to economize their schedules as they turn the page towards the final chapter of the GOAT race.
"For them it is about, legacy, records and everything," Rublev said. "So they want to be as fit as they can, as best as they can for the final Grand Slams (of their careers)... like the records." Federer has withdrawn from the Monte Carlo Masters, which marks the inception of the European clay-court season.
Federer is expected to return on the tour for the 2021 Madrid Masters and then play all the way up to Wimbledon Championships. However, it may be possible that Federer skips Roland Garros to focus his entire energy on Wimbledon, a tournament he has the brightest chance of winning.