Roger Federer does not leave, on the contrary he doubles: the Swiss champion who had already announced his return to the ATP 250 in Doha after 13 months of absence, will also play the following week, from 14 to 20 March, in the ATP 500 in Dubai (where has already won 8 times). The news came with the announcement of the (partial) entry list of the Emirates tournament which includes other great protagonists such as Dominic Thiem, Andrey Rublev, Kei Nishikori, Denis Shapovalov and our Matteo Berrettini (if he can recover from the injury suffered in Australia). It is very difficult for Roger to play at this point the Masters 1000 in Miami in Florida which will start as early as March 24, a few days after the end of the Emirati tournament. 2009 F1 World Champion Jenson Button was been a regular attendee at the All England Championships at Wimbledon down the years and his love for tennis shone through as he sat down for an exclusive Zoom interview with Tennis365 from his home in Los Angeles. He also talked about Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Button on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal
“I have been at Wimbledon a few times and I just love the atmosphere of the event,” Jenson Button told us. “Then you get the duel on the court when two players are looking at each other and doing battle. It’s just great. It’s obviously very different from my sport and while it is an individual controlling his own destiny, the challenge on a tennis court is so different.” When we asked him to pick out who has earned the right to be hailed as the greatest player from a generation universally recognised as the greatest in the history of the sport, he was torn between selecting Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal, while also offering up a special mention for Britain’s Andy Murray. “Ask me to pick between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and I just can’t do it,” he added. “They are both just unbelievable sportsmen and we have been privileged to watch them down the years. It feels like they have been there forever and it is two decades that we have all been watching them. To see them so competitive at this stage of their careers is just amazing. When they both reach a final of a tournament, there is such great respect between them and it is a real thrill to see them go at it, given the history they have. Djokovic is also an incredible champion. He may have done a few silly things down the years and attracted some negative publicity, but he is a wonderfully skilful sportsman. I also have to say a few words about Andy Murray. He has been a great guy to watch down the years and to compete with those three great players and win as much as he has done in his career has been a wonderful achievement.”
Federer and Nadal have created one of the most intense rivalries in the history of the sport