Roger Federer is the only one absent from the Internazionali d’Italia entry list for the 2021 edition (May 9-16). The Swiss, who never won in Rome despite four disputed finals (two losses with Rafael Nadal, one with Félix Mantilla and one with Novak Djokovic), already makes it clear that he has planned his presence only in Madrid and Roland Garros, in terms of tournaments.
on clay, in the year that Wimbledon and the Olympics are his goals. Federer’s absence gives the American giant Reilly Opelka a presence in the main draw of the Foro Italico. There are all the other big names, from Djokovic to Nadal, and above all there are the four Italians who carry the tricolor flag high in this period of tennis, namely Matteo Berrettini, Fabio Fognini, Jannik Sinner and Lorenzo Sonego.
The contingent of our house is destined to increase by assigning wild cards, both in the main draw and in the playoffs. Speaking of the entry list, Nick Kyrgios’ name should be dropped from the alternate list – indeed, the Australian has decided to stay until grass season.
Last year, Novak Djokovic was the master of Rome in a freak September edition, which also saw Lorenzo Musetti’s top-notch explosion. The Serbian, world number 1, defeated Argentine Diego Schwartzman in the final. The excellent Indian doubles player Mahesh Bhupathi has started a discussion around Roger Federer for Life Style.
Although for him Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will break most of his records, including the number of Grand Slams, Federer is for him the most elegant player, ever.
Bhupathi on Roger Federer’s greatness
“Roger Federer won’t be the GOAT, but he will remain the best looking player to watch.
Novak Djokovic is gaining points that he had no chance of winning thanks to his physical form. Rafael Nadal comes off with bursts on the forehand. It’s a steamroller. But with Federer it’s always amazing half volleys, or great backhands.
Against Dan Evans (in Doha), after 13 months without playing, he dropped a backhand on the line on match point. Only Federer can do that. Its variety is astounding. His second serve is the best I have ever faced. It has the ability to hit multiple spots with the same throw and at multiple speeds.
His game is based on saving time,” Mahesh Bhupathi perfectly analyzed. More than anything else, Roger will be targeting the Grand Slam events. However, one cannot prepare for Majors at the back of training only. Thus, the 39-year-old will be playing other tournaments on the clay swing of the season before foraying into Roland Garros and Wimbledon.