Roger Federer has only played two matches this year, leaving the stage in the quarter-finals in Doha. After adjusting Dan Evans with difficulty in the second round, the Swiss phenomenon gave up on a comeback to Nikoloz Basilashvili, also wasting a match point.
Many expected to see the former world number 1 again in Dubai, but King Roger opted for a further training block, also announcing his renunciation of the Masters 1000 in Miami. The 20-time Grand Slam champion is on the Mutua Madrid Open entry list, on stage from 2 to 9 May, while he is not expected to take part in the BNL Internationals of Italy the following week.
The 39-year-old from Basel is aiming to peak form in time for Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, so his participation in Roland Garros seems more at risk than ever. We recall that the start of the Parisian Grand Slam has been postponed by a week due to the complex health situation in France.
Both among the fans and among the insiders, there is great curiosity about the conditions of the Maestro. Interviewed by Sky Sport on the eve of the Monte Carlo Masters, the blue Thomas Fabbiano - who trained with Federer in Dubai a few weeks ago - provided some interesting details.
Roger Federer might return to Roland Garros in 2021
“I trained with Roger Federer in Dubai for a few days in March. He's having fun, he's doing pretty well. Of course, for his standards, I can tell you that he may not even be at 60%, so he will only come back when he is at his best to win big titles again" - Thomas Fabbiano said.
The Swiss maestro is on the entry list of Mutua Madrid Open 2021, which begins on April 30. More significantly, it would be the first tournament after the Australian Open 2020, where the big three will collide. But that’s not the actual news.
The headline is that the 20-time Grand Slam champion from Switzerland is missing from the Italian Open 2021 entry list. Consequently, it indicates that King Federer has big plans set up for this year. Due to the French Open postponement, Federer will have more time following Madrid.
Similarly, it could also be the reason why he is not on Rome’s entry list, as it starts right after Madrid. Roger was missing from the entry list in 2019 as well, but he ended up playing anyway. The French Open 2021 will run from May 24 to June 13 this year. Let’s hope for the best until then.