‘What people want is to see legend like Roger Federer and Nadal’, says analyst

The 2021 ATP Finals are now around the corner and yesterday the draw for the two groups (red and green, in honor of the Italian flag) took place. The big favorite Novak Djokovic happened together with Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev and Casper Ruud, while the number 2 of the seeding Daniil Medvedev will face Alexander Zverev, Matteo Berrettini and Hubert Hurkacz. Being the first edition in Turin, there is great anticipation among fans and professionals. At the same time, there is no doubt that the absences of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal take away the appeal of the event, even if the Swiss and the Spaniard are now far from the glories of the past. The 40-year-old from Basel played the misery of 13 official matches in 2021, before undergoing surgery on his right knee again. Rafa, for his part, was limited to just seven tournaments by a chronic foot injury. During a recent interview with ‘rts.ch’, Marc Rosset expressed some strong opinions on the eve of the year-end Masters.

Rosset on the 2021 ATP Finals

“There are some new faces and that might be attractive, but we really are a long way from the excitement that was already in the days before each edition held in London. Hurkacz did well at Wimbledon, but some of these guys have cemented their presence. here based on minor tournaments. What people want is to see great players like Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Murray or Wawrinka, not guys who have earned their place in ATP 250 tournaments,” said a Rossett who went further. “To be honest, I do not remember any ATP Finals with such a fragile and unattractive roster,” said a man who contributes an interesting fact. The presence of Djokovic and Medvedev as the only tennis players who know what it is to succeed in a great event supports Marc’s words. “What we are going to see this year has nothing to do with the essence of this tournament. Hurkacz, Ruud or Rublev they have not been important in important events, I find it deplorable that someone wins the right to be here in those circumstances,” said a man who demands that Zverev and Tsitsipas take one more step in the short term. “Alexander cannot put off winning a Grand Slam any longer and Stefanos should also get it in 2022. That would give more credit to the tournament next year,” said Marc Rosset, astonished at Novak Djokovic’s umpteenth display of power in Paris. Bercy. “It is monstrous what he is achieving, but each tournament is different and it is always difficult to manage the pressure at the Nitto ATP Finals 2021,” said the Swiss.


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