‘The big question is how good Roger Federer will be moving’, says former star

Novak Djokovic has won the Australian Open 2021! The Serbian champion, number 1 favorite to win the tournament, especially after the premature elimination of Rafael Nadal, did not betray his expectations by taking home the last act of the Australian Slam tournament. First trophy of the new year for the number 1 in the world who in March will exceed the record of 310 weeks at the top of the male rankings held by Roger Federer. A clear path that of Novak Djokovic who only suffered against Fritz due to a physical problem, then defeating every opponent in his path, including Alexander Zverev and the fable Aslan Karatsev. Today came the 9th Australian Open in his career which made him the second most successful player in a single Grand Slam tournament after Nadal (13 Roland Garros) and before Federer (8 Wimbledon). A victory without major worries that collected against the Russian Daniil Medvedev, in his second Grand Slam final after the knockout at the US Open 2019 against Rafael Nadal. Djokovic won with the score of 7-5 / 6-2 / 6-2 in 1 hour and 54 minutes of play. For Djokovic it is the 18th Slam of his extraordinary career: the 20 Slams of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are in the sights, as well as the title of the most successful tennis player in history. Roger Federer’s inactivity and age have led several fans into questioning his competitive level when he returns. In that context, Swiss tennis expert Heinz Gunthardt recently spoke to the German website Tagesanzeigher.ch about Federer’s comeback.

Gunthardt on Roger Federer

“It’s going to be one of the greatest challenges you’ve ever seen in tennis, no question about it. A couple of things have to come together. Roger Federer has to move well, build his confidence, also in his body,” Heinz Gundhardt said. After Doha, Roger Federer will participate in the Dubai Dutry Free Tennis Championships, which is scheduled to take place from 14 to 20 March. Gunthardt believes that while Federer lacks match practice, the 39-year-old will be able to make do with his strong skill-set. “It is possible, but he must certainly serve well,” Gunthardt replied when he was asked whether it was realistic of the fans to expect Federer to play at a high level. “It’s also clear that he won’t be very match-fit, but it’s not the main problem. The big question is how good he will be moving.”

 Federer is a part of the Big 3 group of tennis, along with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

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