The many absences arrived in Miami in the last few days and especially those of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have left the fans amazed, on the one hand also intrigued by the real reason for these forfeits. While Rafael Nadal has used the mitigation of the back problems that have been causing him problems since the beginning of the season, the number one in the world Novak Djokovic has not used excuses and was instead frank stating that the protocol and the possible distance from family would affect his decision a lot. On the part of Roger Federer, however, there was never a real desire to participate in the Miami tournament. In general, the ‘Bubble’ in addition to this protocol in which the athletes will find themselves for the event and the strong reduction in the prize pool seem to have had a great impact on the decision by the Big Three and many tennis players on the circuit to avoid the first Masters 1000 of the season. In addition to this, the postponement (dates not yet known) of Indiana Wells would have led several athletes to make an authentic tour of the world to fly exclusively for the Miami tournament with the next few weeks that will see the return to Europe for clay tournaments. Kei Nishikori recently revealed that facing Roger Federer in a final would be his ideal scenario for an ATP Masters 1000 match.
Nishikori talks about Roger Federer
“I would play Roger Federer, because he is my idol,” Kei Nishikori responded when asked about his dream match at a Masters 1000 event. “If we can play a couple more times, it would be great because it is just fun to play against him.” Meanwhile, Roger Federer did not compete in 2020 after the Australian Open due to a knee injury. Federer underwent two surgeries and only returned to the tour earlier this month at the Qatar Open. And after reaching the quarterfinals in Doha, Roger Federer pulled out of the ATP 500 event in Dubai so that he could focus on his physical conditioning. “You get many experiences from [playing] Roger Federer,” Nishikori said. “I am sure he is going to play a couple more years. Before he retires, I want to play him a couple more times. A final would be great.” Even though Federer took part at the ATP Doha 2021, he still isn’t completely fit as of now. As a result, the former World No. 1 cannot defend his title at the Miami Open 2021. The clouds are still looming over whether he’ll be able to recover before the upcoming clay-court season.