The entry-list of the 2021 edition of the Internazionali d'Italia (scheduled at the Foro Italico from 9 to 16 May next) is nothing short of mind-boggling, given that world number one Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, will be on the field in the capital.
Nadal and all the other "big names" of the world circuit, including of course the four Italian tennis players (Berrettini, Fognini, Sinner and Sonego) who have been stationed in the Top 30 of the ATP ranking since Monday.
However, Roger Federer will be missing, who immediately canceled himself from the Roman tournament after the official publication of the entry-list. The Swiss champion then, returned to the field after more than a year last March at the Doha tournament, after Monte Carlo will also miss the second Masters 1000 scheduled on clay.
And inevitably more than one question arises about what could be his season on red, given that before Roland Garros "remains" only Madrid as an event of great depth. So will Federer take the field in the Spanish capital and then move to Paris, or is there a risk of not seeing him at work until the start of the grass season? In this very special year for him, in which he returned to play after last year's double knee operation, the almost 40-year-old Swiss knows that he has to manage his body even more wisely than he has already done in the last few years.
years. And given that he has set Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics among his priorities, his program for the next few months will be drawn up with the utmost care. It certainly would have been wonderful to be able to see him again at work on the fields of the Foro Italico, where of course he has always sparked the enthusiasm of his many fans.
But now Federer is thinking exclusively of his physical integrity and only in the coming weeks will it be possible to understand what his choices will be. In a recent interview, former ATP player Yves Allegro talked about Roger Federer.
Allegro talks about Roger Federer
"I find that Roger Federer's resilience is terribly underestimated. Rodge is able to tear himself away, push his limits like very few players. But because he doesn't show it, because he gets messy with James Bond's class, it goes unnoticed" - Yves Allegro explained.
Federer’s staggering list of achievements is a testament to the genius of the man. As of now, he has won a record 103 career titles which are the second-highest on the list behind 109 titles of Jimmy Connors. Presently, Federer is focusing his entire energy on preparing for this year’s Wimbledon Championships and aims for a record 9th title at the All England Club.