Roger Federer was the big absentee of the 2020 tennis season, which saw the Basel legend only on the court at the Australian Open. After that, the 20-times Grand Slam champion underwent two operations on his right knee that led him to close a year deeply affected by the global pandemic well in advance.
Thanks to the new ranking system introduced to deal with the consequences of COVID-19, the former number 1 in the world maintained a place in the Top 5, even if his participation in the Australian Open 2021 is far from safe.
This year Federer also had to collect his eternal rival Rafael Nadal at 20 Grand Slams, after the 34-year-old Spaniard champion conquered Roland Garros without losing a single set. In a long interview with Schweizer Illustrierte, the Swiss phenomenon revealed that he had talked a lot with Nadal during the lockdown period.
The two symbols of the modern era are both part of the Players Council, which has played a vital role in recent months. Tennis has in fact prepared a series of remedies to allow second tier players to survive without the earnings associated with tournaments.
Federer: "Our life is around the world"
"I talked a lot with Rafael Nadal. Since we're both on the Player Council, we had to interact a lot. What is best for the future of our sport? What could we do to make things better? We also had a long conversation during the lockdown in Spain.
He asked me how things were going after the surgeries," said Federer. While he was able to spend more time than usual with his family, Roger also noticed how much he missed being on the tour. "At first I was happy to stay in Switzerland for a long time, but at a certain point we realized that we were missing our friends, those in London, New York or Paris.
Our life takes place mostly around the world after all." The greatests tennis stars on the planet, like Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep and all the others, will come back for the upcoming Australian Open 2021, which will be held in Melbourne from 8 February: it will be the most awaited sports event of the first part of the new season.
It will be a very spectacualr season, and all of us hope without the problems of the last one, with some presence of the crowd in the courts across the world.