Roger Federer made his return to the field in Doha a month ago, just to test his condition after more than a year of hiatus. Fresh from a double operation on his right knee, the Swiss phenomenon was unable to go beyond the quarter-finals, also wasting a match point against Nikoloz Basilashvili.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion has decided to carry out another training block, aware that he is still quite far from 100% of form. A few days ago it was announced that King Roger appears on the entry list of the Masters 1000 in Madrid, a detail which however does not guarantee the actual presence of the Swiss in the Spanish capital.
Meanwhile, the delicate health situation in France has caused Roland Garros to postpone a week compared to the original dates. This change further diminishes the chances of seeing the former world number 1 in the second Slam of the season.
In an interview granted to the ‘Sport.pl’ website, Hubert Hurkacz admitted that he had always idolized the Maestro from Basel. The Pole is undoubtedly experiencing the best moment of his entire career, having just won the Masters 1000 in Miami by beating rising star Jannik Sinner in the final.
Hurkacz on his passion for Roger Federer
“Yes, Roger Federer is my idol. I think I saw his first game when I was about eight or nine,” Hubert Hurkacz replied when asked about the first time he saw Federer on TV.
“Maybe even a little earlier. I remember that I really enjoyed his game from the very beginning.” Hubert Hurkacz added that playing Roger Federer in the quarterfinals of the 2019 Indian Wells Masters was a valuable experience for him.
“Roger Federer is a tennis legend and it was fun to compete with him at a high level,” Hurkacz said. “But it would be even more fun to beat him.” Just as the world thought it had got an edge over the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the effects of the gruesome virus are still looming large.
Yesterday, it was announced that the French Open 2021 would be delayed by a week due to the resurgence and rising number of positive cases. In less than 24 hours, there is now another update with regard to the tennis calendar year.
The organizers have decided to reduce the grass-court season by a week. Therefore, events such as Halle and the Queen’s Club, which take place prior to Wimbledon, could be forced into cancelation.