Fans continue to wonder but Roger Federer himself probably does not know an answer to the question. Will 2021 be the last year of the Swiss in the ATP circuit? A few months after his 40th birthday, Federer has not dissolved his reservations about the future.
His goal is to get ready for the season on clay, an appetizer of the summer months in which everything will be played with the intention of competing to win in the big events: Wimbledon, the Tokyo Olympics and the US Open.
However, a possible clue as to what will be for the Swiss after this year could come from the tournament in Halle, a classic event on grass in which Federer has dominated, winning the title on ten occasions. The organizers of the German tournament have issued a note in which they communicate that the 2021 edition will be played behind closed doors due to the Coronavirus pandemic: “Since the health of our visitors, players, partners and employees has the highest priority for us and for our tournament partner, Noventi Health SE, unfortunately this year we only have the possibility to organize the tournament without an audience.
It will not be possible to play the Noventi Open in front of an audience until next year” And Federer? Not only have the organizers confirmed the participation of the Swiss champion for 2021, but they even let it be known that his presence will also be guaranteed in 2022.
Novak Djokovic’s brother Djordje, who is also the tournament director of the Serbia Open, recently revealed that growing up he used to idolize Novak’s arch-rival Rafael Nadal. Speaking with the “Wish & Go” podcast, Djordje narrated an anecdote about being introduced to Nadal around 15 years ago.
While Djordje Djokovic has had the opportunity to speak frequently with Rafael Nadal over the years, the 25-year-old hasn’t had a proper conversation with Roger Federer yet.
Djordje Djokovic on Roger Federer
“I have met Roger Federer I think 15 times,” Djordje Djokovic continued.
“The last time I saw him was during the Davis Cup tie against Switzerland in Novi Sad (in 2014). He was entering the court as I was leaving; we exchanged a few words and that was it. It was all good, but it so happened that I have never interacted with him the way I have with Rafa.”
Perhaps Djordje Djokovic could still have a chance to have an elaborate chat with the 20-time Major winner in near future.