Matteo Berrettini Expects a Spectacular Comeback from Roger Federer After Australian Open 2021 Withdrawal

Published 01/15/2021, 6:12 AM EST
Roger Federer of Switzerland in action against David Goffin of Belgium on day six of 2019 Rolex Shanghai Masters at Qi Zhong Tennis Centre in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images)


All the tennis fans and legends were desperately waiting for the Australian Open 2021 to witness the return of Roger Federer. The stakes were high since he was expected to return to the court after a year. However, Federer couldn’t recover from knee surgery on time, and this forced him to withdraw from the Grand Slam.

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Now the question is, when will fans get to see the Swiss Maestro again? He last played a professional tennis match at the Australian Open 2020 against Novak Djokovic. After that, Federer suffered an unfortunate knee injury which ruled him out of play for the entire 2020 season.

Recently, World No. 10 Matteo Berrettini spoke about when he thinks Federer will return.

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Matteo Berrettini of Italy returns a shot during his Men’s Singles semi-final match against Rafael Nadal of Spain on day twelve of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 06, 2019, in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

“I know he’s training, I think as soon as possible. And he has shown many times that when he comes back it is as if he had never stopped,” said Berrettini in a recent interview.

Although Berrettini didn’t reveal the exact date of Federer’s return, he highlighted that it would happen soon. He also talked about Federer’s ability to never give up and believed that he would make an incredible comeback despite all the odds.

There have been a lot of speculations about the comeback of Federer. There were doubts about whether he would even play after the Australian Open 2021 or not. However, his biographer Simon Graf presented some good news and tweeted that the Swiss Maestro would surely play at the Dubai Tennis Championships 2021 in March.

Matteo Berrettini compares Roger Federer to a basketball legend

Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates victory following his Men’s Singles third round match against Lucas Pouille of France during Day six of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Fans are quite aware of Berrettini’s love for basketball. He not only follows the sport but likes to play it too whenever he gets time. In the same interview, Berrettini compared Federer to the great Michael Jordan.

 “Federer, I would compare him to Michael Jordan,” said the Italian player.

There is not even an iota of doubt that Federer’s legacy in tennis is almost the same as Jordan’s legacy in basketball. Both are quite outstanding on and off the court and are true ambassadors of their respective sports.

Though Federer’s withdrawal is a heartbreaking moment for fans, they will expect to watch him soon get his hands on some more titles. Will Federer lift his 21st Grand Slam title in 2021?

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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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