Roger Federer came back on the court in Doha last March after more than a year of inactivity. The Swiss missed the first part of 2021 and all the tournaments that took place after the suspension of the ATP Tour in 2020 due to two knee operations.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion, after the Qatari trip, has decided not to take the field in Dubai and to take more time to recover 100% from a physical point of view. Federer has signed up for the Masters 1000 in Madrid, scheduled for May 2-9, and has explained several times what his real seasonal goal is.
"When I had my second surgery, I immediately thought about the Australian Open. When I realized that progress was minimal and that I needed to be more careful, however, I knew I had to change my schedule. Over the next four months, my team and I will need to be good at evaluating the calendar and understanding how much work my body can handle.
This is the best way to prepare for my real start to the season, which is the one on grass. I think playing matches is important for me, and the season on clay comes before the one on grass."
Jannik Sinner's words about Roger Federer
Thanks to his extraordinary victories and his impressive style of play, Federer has over time become the idol of many of his colleagues.
Among these, there is also the name of Jannik Sinner, who in an exclusive interview with Spazio Milan, talked about the Swiss Maestro: He said: "Roger Federer was definitely a model and a driving force for me, but the same goes for Andreas Seppi who is from the same country as me.
in Italy and was the first player from my region to turn pro. It was definitely my inspiration because in our area we have had many athletes in winter sports but rarely any in “summer” sports. I get along very well with Seppi, he is a great and a wonderful person: definitely a model to imitate."