After a long wait lasting almost twelve months, it seemed that former world number one Roger Federer was now ready for his great come back to the court: it should have taken place at the Australian Open, the scene of his latest appearance in an official ATP Tour event.
In 2020, in fact, Roger overtook Steve Johnson, Filip Krajinovic, John Millman, Marton Fucsovics and Tennys Sandgren, before losing to Serbian Novak Djokovic in the semifinals. Since then he has only taken part in the exhibition match in South Africa against Rafael Nadal, during the Match in Africa 6, in which he also played a doubles match with Bill Gates.
Having arrived in Dubai in recent weeks to better prepare for the Melbourne Grand Slam, it really seemed that Roger's come back to the court was imminent. Unfortunately, the Swiss made it known that he was not yet physically ready to face a Grand Slam event, while the Australian Todd Woodbridge revealed that a great weight in his decision was also exerted by the problem of quarantine.
Bencic complains about the absence of Roger Federer
His countrywoman Belinda Bencic, with whom Roger won two consecutive editions of the Hopman Cup, said: "The whole world of tennis misses Federer. Our sport without him is more and more sad.
I hope and strongly trust in his next return. At least, last year he did not lose much." These were the words of the number 12 of the WTA world, as also reported by René Stauffer. Federer has won six editions of the Australian Grand Slam, between 2010 and 2018: his latest success came against Croatian Marin Cilic, in a match he won with a score of 6-2 6-7 6-3 3-6 6-1.
The record of 20 Grand Slam titles held by the Basel champion was equaled a few months ago by Rafael Nadal, who stamped him his thirteenth seal at Roland Garros in Paris. The tennis world is currently at a standstill waiting to resume and the first major event of the season is the ATP Cup, a competition that will take place from February 1st (until 5th) and which will involve most of the best tennis players on the circuit: Novak Djokovic will defend the title with his Serbia and was drawn in Group A with Alexander Zverev's Germany and Denis Shapovalov's Canada.