Wimbledon, this is nothing new, represents the 2021 priority for Roger Federer. The Swiss also confirmed his presence at the ATP 500 in Halle, a tournament he has won ten times in his career. Scheduled from 14 to June, the German tournament will be broadcast live on SuperTennis.
Federer has a lasting bond with the tournament. It is no coincidence that in 2012 the organizers named a street after it near the plant. Federer is still the reigning champion. In 2019, by beating Belgian David Goffin, he became the second player after Rafa Nadal to win the same tournament at least ten times.
The 2020 edition of the ATP 500 in Halle was not held due to the pandemic. The Swiss has a tally of 68 wins and 7 losses in the history of the tournament, in which he has played in thirteen finals. Scheduled since 1993, the Halle tournament has established itself as a fixture for players before Wimbledon alongside Queen's, with whom it shared the promotion from ATP 250 to ATP 500.
In next summer's edition, in addition to Federer, world number 2 Daniil Medvedev who will debut in Halle, compatriot Karen Khachanov always on the field here since 2017, and Japanese Kei Nishikori, semi-finalist in 2014 and in 2015.
Japanese teen prodigy Shintaro Mochizuki recently explained why he thinks Roger Federer is different from the other active players on tour right now.
Mochizuki says Federer was a rarity among today's players
"He’s my hero," Shintaro Mochizuki said of Roger Federer.
"At the ATP Finals, I was there as a hitting partner and I got to hit with him. It was a dream. He hits so easy, just relaxed." Mochizuki went on to claim that it was through watching Roger Federer that he could muster enough confidence to play the main events.
"He taught me that if you have any chances to play bigger events, just go for it," the Japanese added. The Japanese claimed that Federer was a rarity among today's players, who are much more vocal in terms of their game and emotions.
"Many people are just playing with the power and emotions, but he's just hitting balls so easy," Mochizuki remarked. Despite Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic’s absence, the Miami Open 2021 is on a splendid roll.
Recently, the American professional John Isner expressed views on the absence of the big three. John Isner, a former Top 10 player, claimed that the absence of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic is an opportunity for others.
He even mentioned the importance of the tournament from the view of the spectators. “In a sense, it’s a good litmus test as to how people will perceive this event without those three guys,” Isner said. “Because, of course, they won’t be playing forever”.