Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Others To Reunite for US Open Warm-Up Following Tokyo Olympics 2020 Withdrawal

Published 07/14/2021, 11:09 PM EDT
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – SEPTEMBER 20: Rafael Nadal of Team Europe and teammate Roger Federer celebrate during the singles match between Stefanos Tsitsipas of Team Europe and Taylor Fritz of Team World during Day One of the Laver Cup 2019 at Palexpo on September 20, 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. The Laver Cup will see six players from the rest of the World competing against their counterparts from Europe. Team World is captained by John McEnroe and Team Europe is captained by Bjorn Borg. The tournament runs from September 20-22. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images for Laver Cup)


The 20 Grand Slam club members, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic, will make their second appearance together in 2021 in Toronto. It is indeed exciting news given the withdrawal of the Swiss maestro and the Spaniard from the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

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Earlier, the big three had come together at the French Open 2021. Consequently, fans witnessed the best match of the year so far, the Roland-Garros semifinal between Nadal and Djokovic. Also, the three rounds Federer played before his withdrawal in Paris were quite spectacular.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic shakes hands with Spain’s Rafael Nadal after winning their semi final match REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

Now, FEDALOVIC is all set to return for hard court tennis at the Rogers Cup 2021. The tournament will begin from August 6 to August 15.

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Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic make the entry list of ATP 1000 Toronto

Recently, the National Bank Open presented by Rogers released their entry list for 2021. What’s interesting about the list is that all the top 16 players are on it. Thus, the lead-up tournament will effectively prepare everyone for the fourth annual Grand Slam event, the US Open 2021.

Before this, the Spaniard has already confirmed participation in the Citi Open in Washington, DC. It would be the first time that Rafa Nadal would play in the United States capital. After that, the 34-year-old might come to Toronto to defend his 2019 title.

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Furthermore, Federer also stated that he has already begun his recovery for returning on the tennis tour soon. However, there has been no official news from his side.

Lastly, after Federer and Nadal, the Serbian ace raised doubts about his Tokyo Olympics participation. Yet, given the Golden Slam opportunity, Djokovic might try for the medal this year. Following that, he shall kickstart his warm-up for completing his Calendar Slam at Flushing Meadows in New York.

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Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic: The GOAT Race

At the start of the 2021 season, Federer and Nadal had 20 majors each, with Djokovic having 17. Remarkably, the Serbian won the Australian Open, the French Open, and the Championships, Wimbledon, to level with them at 20-all.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia, Rafael Nadal of Spain and Roger Federer of Switzerlan wait to go on stage during the ATP Heritage Celebration at The Waldorf=Astoria on in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

From here on, every Grand Slam tournament will have more eyes on the big three than ever before. Moreover, in the Masters 1000 tally, Nadal and Djokovic stand together on the top with 36. So, the Rogers Cup will be an opportunity for one of them to go ahead.

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Above all, it is an event packed with talent outside the three as well. Thus, a week full of high-quality tennis is ready on the calendar for tennis fans.

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Are you excited to see the big three prepping for the US Open 2021?

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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