Roger Federer is always a force to be reckoned with, but more than ever after a period out of the tour. Here are 3 reasons why Federer will flourish on his return to the tour in 2021.
Roger Federer is currently ranked 4th in the ATP rankings.
1. Federer’s done it before
Following the 2016 Wimbledon Championships, Federer put his tennis career on hold in order to undergo knee surgery and conquer the problems he had been suffering throughout that Wimbledon tournament. Federer was out for six months and his return to tennis came in January of 2017, just in time for the Australian Open.
This would mark one of the greatest comeback tales in tennis history. After his announcement to take a break in 2016, he had been ruled out to ever be competing for Grand Slam titles ever again by many critics.
Like so many occasions in the past, Roger Federer stunned the sports world and defied the odds.
Federer went on to win the Australian Open Men’s singles title. He beat three top-10 opponents on his way to the final; Tomas Berdych, Kei Nishikori, and compatriot Stan Wawrinka. In the final against Rafael Nadal, an encounter that has gone down as one of the greatest Grand Slam finals ever played, Federer came back from a break down in the fifth set to win.
There is every reason to believe there will be a repeat of his 2017 success in 2021.
2. A rested Federer is ready to compete at the highest level
Rest and recuperation will help Federer leaps and bounds in terms of his physical fitness, especially at the age of 38. However, this time off will mostly give Federer the mental capacity he needs to compete at the highest level. These several months gives him time to reflect and see the big picture of where his career is at in the present and what it could be moving forward.
For many top players, stints out of competitive tennis due to injury or whatever reason will have a negative effect on their game when they return. This can be put down simply to the massive difference of feeling between a match situation and a training session.
As Federer showed in 2017, this doesn’t seem to be a problem he has to worry about. Therefore, he will be raring to go for his 2021 comeback.
3. Federer’s final push in 2021
For years, there have been questions as to when Roger Federer will finally hang up his racket and retire from professional tennis. Despite this, Federer has continued on his journey by minding his own business and this has produced some of the best tennis of his long career.
However, there are signs that 2021 might well be his final season.
With recurring injuries involving his knees and two sets of twins to care for, Federer has suitable reasons to finally retire. A whole life awaits him when he does. His family, his Roger Federer Foundation and much, much more.
There could be an extra will behind him that urges him to give it 110% in his final season playing. It’ll make sure he leaves it all out on the court if 2021 is to be his last hurrah.
All I can say is that this poses a very exciting and extremely dangerous Roger Federer in 2021.