The former world number one Roger Federer decided to skip the Australian Open for the first time since 1998, the last 23 editions. Federer, by doing this, intends to be in top form for the upcoming Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics.
Factually Roger Federer hasn’t won a Grand Slam for three years now. However, his fans still have in mind the unfortunate result he suffered in the 2019 Wimbledon final. The Basel based phenomenon was absent from the court for many months. However, he still managed to maintain a place in the Top 5. Credit goes to the new ranking system.
Rubin’s take on Federer
Speaking on the Tennis Channel, former American tennis star Chanda Rubin talked about Federer’s chances in 2021. Chanda conveyed, “I think the most likely thing to say is Wimbledon. That’s where Roger Federer is so good but I’m going to go with the US Open. I think he’s going to need just a little more time, that may do him some good. I was going to go with the finals or potentially winning”
Rubin further asserted, “I know he hasn’t won there since 2008 so it may be a little unlikely but I think Federer is good for another major this year and I think it might be there.” Since Federer skipped the Australian Open, the focus on the tournament remains without him.
The Swiss legend, who is almost 40 years old now, has been facing lots of questions regarding his chances of being competitive again. With the most prestigious titles back after the Coronavirus pandemic, everyone seems curious about Federer’s chance to play.
However, Federer already has plans on how the season should continue if the knee holds. After Doha, he said he will probably play another tournament and then focus on his beloved grass court. “I will also try to play on clay again. I wanted to make my return to a smaller tournament so as not to be in the spotlight and the stress would have been less” said the Swiss icon.
The current scenario
The Australian Open and the Wimbledon have been Federer’s most successful titles in the last decade. So it totally grabbed eyeballs when Federer skipped this edition’s Melbourne Park event. Although many still believe the Swiss can still do well at the US Open. Adding on, Roger has not won the US Open since 2008.
Federer lost the semi-final against eventual champion Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open last year. Federer then underwent surgery on his troublesome knee. He then announced a break from tennis thereafter to allow himself enough time for recovery.
Roger spoke about his chances of playing in the Melbourne Park event at an awards gala in his homeland last year. The Swiss maestro has revealed that he was unsure of competing at this year’s Australian Open, as his recovery was still behind schedule.