Roger Federer has lived the 2020 season from afar, having twice operated on his right knee a few weeks after the end of the Australian Open. His return to the field took place in Doha earlier this month, where the Swiss phenomenon was unable to make it past the quarter-finals, losing a comeback to Georgian Basilashvili.
The renunciation of Dubai and Miami slightly frightened his countless fans, who were eager to see him in action for more time at the age of 40. The former world number 1 has opted instead for an additional training block, waiting to know what he will be planning for Wimbledon.
The 39-year-old from Basel had promised to play some tournaments on red, but his name does not appear in the entry list of the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo. We will see if the 20-time Grand Slam champion will be present in the following events in Madrid and Rome.
Interviewed by Numero in recent days, King Roger analyzed how the pandemic had also affected his family.
Federer: "We have learned to manage the situation"
"Human relationships have changed in the last twelve months.
Before, you would meet a person, greet them and ask them how they were doing, but there was no real interest in knowing the answer," explained the eight-time Wimbledon champion. "Now things have taken on a different meaning.
We all know at least one person who has contracted the virus, we hope not to catch it, the whole world is in the same situation. I have to admit that I have done quite well despite the past 12 months not being easy. Two knee operations and a pandemic, but thanks to the help of my wife we have remained united.
We strictly followed the rules here in Switzerland. I was happy to spend a lot of time in my country, usually I don't spend more than three months a year there. We were able to see our close friends and relatives, albeit from a distance.
At first it was strange, then we learned to deal with this new situation," he added. The eight-time Wimbledon champion will not be at the Miami Open this week, adding a further absence to the already battered draw of the first 1000 of the season.
The hegemony of the legendary world tennis trio is impressive and is exemplified in a resounding fact: at least one of them, the Serb, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, has been present in 64 of the last 70 Slam finals. We have to recall that this hegemony lasting since the Swiss reached Wimbledon final in 2003.
Almost 18 years of practically indisputable dominance have passed, and in this time only eight players have managed to snatch one of the twelve titles that the big three have missed. With Djokovic's victory against the Russian, they reach 58 Slams between them (20 Nadal and Federer and 18 Djokovic).
Roddick, Gaudio, Safín, Del Potro, Murray (3), Wawrinka (3), Cilic and Thiem (1), the latter last year at the US Open.