Roger Federer had an applauded reaction in the last hours, after a fan wanted to take a picture with him. In the video that circulates on social networks, it is seen how the Swiss is approached by his follower in Dubai, but he had his mask on badly. And true to the style of him always close to him, the living legend of world tennis likewise agreed to be photographed with him, but with the corresponding sanitary guards by choosing to take a considerable social distance. Andrey Rublev recently laid out the difference between his goals and those of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, who are all skipping this week’s Miami Open.
Andrey Rublev praises the Big 3
Andrey Rublev highlighted how Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have been playing Miami for several years now, and that they were eyeing much bigger records at this stage of their careers. “I mean, I think about top players they have completely different things that they are playing for,” Andrey Rublev said. “They are playing for the records, they are playing for the Slams, they’ve been playing Miami for 20 years. For them now, it’s not only about one tournament.” Rublev pointed out that he is in the early years of his career, and still seeking his breakthrough at the Grand Slams and Masters. “And in my case, I’m just starting to play,” Rublev said. “Now, like I said before, I did already good in ATP 250s and 500s. Now even if I do well there, I’m not gonna get any extra points. To get extra points and to go high in the rankings, I need to play big events. Now, we’re here without top players, of course I have better chances to win maybe one extra match.” In his comeback event in Doha, Federer was worked over by Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili on a fast surface which afforded little response time on return shots. During his victorious Australian Open campaign, Djokovic also made a reference to how the courts were faster than they had ever been. The ATP tour travels to Miami this week for what will be the first Masters 1000 tournament of the year. That said, a significant portion of the caravan will be missing the event – including Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem and Roger Federer – due to a string of different reasons. If the withdrawal of the Big 3 wasn’t damaging enough, there has also been a state of emergency declared in Miami – along with an 8 p.m. curfew. The second wave of COVID has hit the city hard, forcing the Miami Open to allow only a limited number of fans on site.