'Roger Federer would be equivalent to something like...', says Swiss abbot

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'Roger Federer would be equivalent to something like...', says Swiss abbot

Scheduled from June 14 to 20, this grass tournament in Halle will serve as a preparation for Wimbledon (from June 28 to July 7). Some players have already announced their presence. This is particularly the case of Roger Federer, winner 10 times in Germany.

The Swiss, who had promised his participation in April 2020, will obviously be one of the favorites as well as Daniil Medvedev. Karen Khachanov and Kei Nishikori will also be in the main draw. Note that the Queen's tournament will take place at the same time.

One of Roger Federer's biographers, Dave Seminara, recently revealed some interesting and unheard-of anecdotes about the 39-year-old. And a few of those come from Urban Federer, who is an abbot at the Einsiedeln Abbey in Schwyz.

Urban Federer praises the 20-time Grand Slam champion

"Roger Federer would be equivalent to something like the royal family in the UK," Urban Federer said. "But here in Switzerland, we’ve never had a super-famous star, so we don’t know how to treat him because we don’t revere people here."

According to Dave Seminara, Urban Federer earlier had trouble getting people to spell and pronounce the name 'Federer' But such issues are history now, since Roger Federer's name is recognized all over the world today.

"You know, before Roger became famous, I always used to have to spell my name," Urban Federer told Seminara. "But now everyone knows the name Federer." Miami Open 2021 is one of the flagship tournaments of the year.

Along with Indian Wells, Miami Open is regarded as the biggest event outside of the Grand Slam events due to factors like prize money, viewership, crowds. But certain caveats this year have prompted several players to withdraw from the event.

The absence of big players gives the other players an opportunity to take a shot at the tournament of the caliber of the Miami Open. Spanish stalwart and World No.13, Roberto Bautista Agut, is brimming with confidence as he begins his Miami Open 2021 journey.

“It is clear that 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 is good for those of us who are going to play the tournament”.

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.