Is Roger Federer Playing at Indian Wells Masters 2021?

Published 09/30/2021, 10:00 AM EDT
2019 US Open Tennis Tournament- Day Nine. Roger Federer of Switzerland during his match against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in the Men’s Singles Quarter-Finals match on Arthur Ashe Stadium during the 2019 US Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3rd, 2019 in Flushing, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)


20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer last played at the Wimbledon Championships 2021. Even though he reached the quarters of the Grand Slam, Hubert Hurkacz thrashed him in straight sets there. Surprisingly, he became the second player to bagel Federer after Rafael Nadal.

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Roger Federer recently turned 40. Although fans didn’t get to watch him play at the Laver Cup this year, they expect him to make an incredible comeback on the court soon.

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Roger Federer is not playing at the Indian Wells Masters 2021

Unfortunately, Federer is not a part of the players who will be featuring at the Indian Wells Masters 2021. Along with him, his arch-rival and 20-time Grand Slam winner, Rafael Nadal, will also miss the ATP 1000 Masters event.

Roger Federer of Switzerland towels off during his men’s Singles Quarter Final match against Hubert Hurkacz of Poland. Day Nine of The Championships – Wimbledon 2021 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 07, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Federer decided to end his 2021 season soon after his withdrawal from the US Open 2021. He is about to undergo yet another knee surgery and thus, will not be playing at the Indian Wells Masters 2021. Surprisingly, he will not be participating in any more matches this season.

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Federer’s record at the Indian Wells Masters

Federer has won 28 Masters tournaments in his career so far. Interestingly, he won five of them in Indian Wells, California, United States. He is currently tied for the most Indian Wells Masters titles along with Novak Djokovic, who has also won the Masters event five times.

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DOHA, QATAR – MARCH 10: Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates winning his match against Dan Evans of Great Britain. Day 3 of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex on March 10, 2021 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)

Federer won his maiden title in Indian Wells in 2004 after thrashing Tim Henman in straight sets. He went on to defend his title in 2005 and then again, in the next year. Thus, he accomplished a hat-trick of Indian Wells Masters titles.

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The Swiss Maestro finished as the runner-up of the BNP Paribas Open 2019, after losing to Dominic Thiem in the finals. Astonishingly, he has ended as the runner-up of the tournament five times in his career, losing to Djokovic on two consecutive occasions.

Fans hope that Roger Federer recovers from his injury soon and returns to the court quickly. Will he be able to win his 21st Grand Slam title next year?

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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