Roger Federer’s return to the field is now increasingly imminent. The Basel phenomenon will make his clay court debut in his home tournament, the ATP 250 in Geneva, which was preferred over the Masters 1000 in Madrid and Rome. The former world number 1 has only played two matches this year, which was enough for him to realize that an additional block of training was needed before getting serious. The 20-time Grand Slam champion will also take part in Roland Garros at the end of May, a surprising decision considering the one-week postponement of the Parisian Major and the surface on which the event takes place. Evidently King Roger wants to put matches in his legs in view of his main goals, which will be Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics. The 39-year-old from Basel has never abandoned the dream of winning the gold medal in singles, which has always eluded him until now. In a press conference on the eve of his debut at the BNL Internationals of Italy, Dominic Thiem – fresh semifinalist in Madrid last week – answered a question regarding the chances of success of the Swiss legend.
Dominic Thiem reflects on Roger Federer
“I think everyone misses Roger Federer when he’s not with us on the tour, if only because of his style, because of the way he plays. Overall, he’s a great guy, and it’s always amazing to be around him. I look forward to Roland Garros and Wimbledon to see him again. He’s so good, he has such unreal abilities that not playing so much doesn’t seem like a real problem for him (laughs). If he’s 100% physically, I guess he will be able to advance quite far in the tables” – Dominic Thiem stated. Tennis will soon reach the Italian capital, Rome, for the Internazionali d’Italia, popularly known as the Italian Open. It begins on May 9 and will wind up by May 16. On a happy note, fans will be allowed to attend these matches, unlike many of the tournaments that have taken place without audiences. As the Italian Open is an ATP Masters 1000 event and a WTA 1000 event, it will feature on lots of networks around the globe. In Europe, Amazon Prime Video will broadcast all the matches taking place as part of the ATP and WTA events in the United Kingdom. In the other countries of Europe, Eurosport will telecast the matches for the French viewership and Sky Sports (Sky Deutschland) will be handling the telecasting in Germany. In Spain, Movistar and TVE will take care of the proceedings and in Italy, it will be Sky Sports (Sky Italia). Besides these, networks like Setanta and United Media will broadcast matches for the rest of Europe.