“His Game Will Be in Place”: Olympic Gold Medalist on Roger Federer’s Comeback After Australian Open 2021

Published 01/01/2021, 12:15 PM EST
Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a forehand during his Men’s Singles fourth round match against Marton Fucsovics of Hungary on day seven of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)


In the 2020 season, Roger Federer took part only in the Australian Open. He then called off his season early as he had to undergo knee surgery for the second time in his career. Much to his advantage, tennis had a break for the majority of the year due to the effects of COVID-19. 

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Fans were made to wait long to get a glimpse of their favorite player on tour. However, with the latest developments, that wait is going to be further extended.

The 20-time grand slam winner has decided to skip the 2021 Australian Open. Most of the tennis fraternity was eager to see how Roger performs after his long spell away from the tennis courts. 

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 14: Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts following defeat in his Men’s Singles final against Novak Djokovic of Serbia during Day thirteen of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 14, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

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Recently, fellow Swiss and Olympic gold medalist Marc Rosset gave his opinion on the absence of Roger in the early part of the season and stated,

“Should we fear the lack of matches? I do not believe it. Let’s not forget that we are coming out of a strange year, with very few tournaments. There will be an added mini ATP Cup and an Australian Open. At the start of the 2021 season, Roger will therefore only be one or two tournaments behind the others.”

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Marc also gave the example of del Potro, when he made his comeback after a long duration on the sidelines. He said, “We saw Del Potro come back after long absences and immediately be competitive. If the body goes, the preparation follows, its game will be in place.”

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The former grand slam doubles winner also predicted as to when Federer would make his much-awaited return. He stated, “I can see him coming back to Rotterdam (most certainly from March 1 to 7). This is where he went to seek the place of world No. 1 in 2017, there are good memories. I think he will favor places with which he has a common history.”

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As Roger inches closer to becoming a 40-year-old, one can only think of him having a final hurray in the game. He holds Wimbledon as one of his most loved tournaments. It would be a fairytale story if he can lift his 9th title in London. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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