'Roger Federer will only come back when...', says ATP ace

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'Roger Federer will only come back when...', says ATP ace

Roger Federer is the only one absent from the entry list of the Internazionali d'Italia for the 2021 edition (9-16 May). The Swiss, never a winner in Rome despite four finals played (two lost with Rafael Nadal, one with Felix Mantilla and one with Novak Djokovic), already makes it clear that he has planned his presence only in Madrid and Roland Garros, in terms of tournaments.

on clay, in the year in which Wimbledon and the Olympics are his goals. Federer's absence gives the American giant Reilly Opelka a presence in the main draw at the Foro Italico. There are all the other big names, from Djokovic to Nadal, and above all there are the four Italians who are holding the tricolor flag high in this tennis period, namely Matteo Berrettini, Fabio Fognini, Jannik Sinner and Lorenzo Sonego.

The contingent of our house is destined to increase through the assignment of wild cards, both in main draw and in qualifiers. Speaking of the entry list, the name of Nick Kyrgios should be removed from the alternating list: the Australian has in fact decided to stay until the grass season.

Last year, Novak Djokovic was the master of Rome in an anomalous September edition, which also saw the high-level explosion of Lorenzo Musetti. The Serbian, number 1 in the world, defeated Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman in the final.

Fabbiano on training with Roger Federer

“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 told Sky Sport.

Since the early 2000s, The Big 3 of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic have dominated tennis, with several players falling short of them. There’s no doubt if Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic hadn’t taken up the sport, many other players would have had much more illustrious careers, especially with Grand Slam titles.

Until recently, Federer also held the record of the most weeks spent at the World No.1 ranking spot, pegged at 310 weeks. However, Novak Djokovic broke his record last month. 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. Federer’s staggering list of achievements is a testament to the genius of the man.