From March 22 to April 4, players will be at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami (United States) for the long-awaited Masters1000 on American soil. The tournament, canceled last year due to Covid-19, announced the list of tennis players who will take part in the event. The big guns will all be present, starting with the three great Novak Djokovic, six-time winner of this tournament, Rafael Nadal (20-time Slam winner) and Roger Federer (20 Majors on the showcase and champion of the last edition staged). On the women’s side there will obviously be the 2021 Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka and the 23-time Slam winner Serena Williams, eager to do well on the home hard court. The exponents of the nouvelle vague led by the Russian Daniil Medvedev (current n.3 in the world and finalist in Melbourne) should also be carefully observed, without forgetting Dominic Thiem, winner of the US Open 2020, the champion of the ATP Final 2019 Stefanos Tsitsipas and the n .7 of the Alexander Zverev ranking. For most of his fans, the sight of Roger Federer lifting another Wimbledon trophy would be a dream come true. It would also be the proof they need that the Swiss extend his career beyond 2021. But not for Michael Stich; the former World No. 2 believes that a ninth Wimbledon title would serve as the perfect setting for Federer to announce his retirement.
Stich on Roger Federer’s return
“It is clear that at some point Roger Federer will stop,” Michael Stich said in a recent interview. “Many would have thought that already five years ago. I would wish for him to win Wimbledon and say after the final: ‘You know what, I had a sick time, I’ll stop.’ There couldn’t be anything better and that would give so much to the sport. You should never write him off because he is a player who has a gifted set of skills that help him to still play tennis that good at his age,” Stich said. “But especially at Wimbledon, Roger Federer is certainly still a candidate for the title, because there he has this mental strength, because there he has the greatest joy.” Stich also asserted that Federer has nothing left to prove, and that he is only returning because he believes he can still win titles. “Roger Federer has nothing to lose,” Stich went on. “He doesn’t have to prove anything to himself, he doesn’t have to prove anything to the fans out there. He’s really doing it because he thinks he can still win titles.”
Roger Federerand#039;s comeback is being eagerly awaited by millions across the world