Roger Federer knows that whatever happens at the Miami Masters 1000, he will lose at least one position in the ATP rankings. The Swiss, who will not be able to defend the title won in 2019, thus losing 50% of his points, will see Alexander Zverev separate him from the world top6.
Another who could also happen to him would be the Russian Andrey Rublev, although for that he would need to lift the trophy. Italy's Thomas Fabbiano recently shared his thoughts on practicing with 20-time Major winner Roger Federer.
Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, Fabbiano claimed that the Swiss maestro was 'magical', and insisted that the 39-year-old is still playing on the circuit because of his undying love for the game.
Fabbiano on his training session with Roger Federer
"Roger Federer was so relaxed," Thomas Fabbiano replied when he was asked about practicing with Federer.
"He is magical, loves tennis so much. He has won everything and now just wants to enjoy himself." In this context, Thomas Fabbiano was also asked about the prospect of Roger Federer playing on clay before the grass season arrives.
The Italian replied in the positive, but added that Federer himself doesn't know which claycourt tournament he will enter. "Roger told me he will play on clay, but doesn't know yet where," Fabbiano claimed.
Fabbiano weighed in on how good the Swiss maestro was at fatherly duties, sharing an anecdote that involved Roger, his mother Lynette and his kids. "Roger is also a very good father," Fabbiano said. "His boys were training next to our court with grandmother Lynette and they sometimes made fun of him when he made unforced errors.
It was just hilarious!" There are multiple reasons for the absence of various players. Seeing the restrictions in place because of the coronavirus, World No.1 Novak Djokovic withdrew from Miami as he prioritized spending time with his family.
Whereas his rival, Rafael Nadal, has been suffering a back injury since the Australian Open 2021, and thus, to prep himself for the clay-court season, he also decided against coming to Miami. Injury returnee Roger Federer is looking for a smooth transition to regular tennis and so is managing his calendar very deliberately in order to be at his peak for the Wimbledon Championships.
World No.4 Dominic Thiem has had a rough start to 2021 after a magical 2020. Multiple losses, at the hands of lower-ranked players, have seen Thiem taking time off to practice for the clay-court season.