“My Eyes Are on Roger Federer and Jannik Sinner”: Former British No.1 on Interesting Players of 2021

Published 12/24/2020, 10:00 AM EST
LONDON, ENGLAND: Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates victory after his singles match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia during Day Five of the Nitto ATP Finals at The O2 Arena on in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)


Former Wimbledon champion Roger Federer still continues to mesmerize fans all over the world. Although the Swiss has remained away from the tour for close to a year, he still continues to impact the lives of his fans. Recently, he was voted as the Fans’ Favourite for the 18th year in a row!

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The player who has been absent from the circuit for the majority of the season claiming that award speaks volumes of his importance. Federer had to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee due to which he was forced to stay away from the courts in order to recover. 

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 11: Roger Federer of Switzerland speaks to trainer Severin Luthi during a training session during Day Ten of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Tim Henman: Everyone Is Eager to See Roger Federer

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Recently, while speaking to former British top seed Tim Henman, he seemed eager for the 2021 season to begin. He does have a shortlist of players who he’d keep an eye out for. Speaking to him about those players, he revealed, “The obvious one is Federer. I mean, he’s a good friend of mine. He’s someone I’ve known for a long, long time, and we’re all eager to see him. If and when he’s ready to get back out there competing.”  

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However, he does have his sights set on an interesting prospect, Jannik Sinner. The teenaged Italian impressed with his performances this season. Keeping note of which, Henman further added, “I would say Jannik Sinner for sure. I’ve been very impressed with his progress. His performance against Nadal at Roland Garros was very, very impressive.

“If Sinner had got that first set under his belt, that could have been a long evening for Nadal. I look at his game and I see a lot of room for improvement. And that I think is what makes it so exciting.”

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Jannik Sinner had a great run at this year’s French Open. He beat David Goffin and Alexander Zverev during his run at the tournament and ended the season winning the Sofia Open.  

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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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