‘Roger Federer wants to be sure he can play to…’, says top coach

We are now in the last official week of the tennis season with the men’s circuit on the pitch only with the best on the pitch at the ATP Finals in Turin. The Top Ten is now almost decided and the only real doubt concerns the young blue talent Jannik Sinner. The South Tyrolean, in the (increasingly probable) eventuality of Matteo Berrettini’s withdrawal from the tournament or of other tennis players in the tournament (to monitor the situation of Stefanos Tsitsipas), needs only one victory to overtake Felix Auger-Aliassime again, now number 10 in the world. Between the two there are 158 points, each victory in the Finals is worth 200 points and therefore the blue can still close the season in the world Top Ten. In the first 20 positions Denis Shapovalov recovers four positions, Thiem loses one while Roger Federer closes the season in sixteenth place in the standings. The Swiss stopped for some time has lost several positions this season and after a long time has come out of the world Top Ten. Behind Daniel Evans earns a position on Opelka while the winner of the NextGen Finals Atp Carlos Alcaraz (they are not worth points for the purposes of the standings) closes the season in 32 place in the ranking. Closing 27 and 37 Lorenzo Sonego and Fabio Fognini while Best Ranking for Tommy Paul. The Stockholm winner is up nine places and is now number 43 in the world. Behind Best Ranking for Van de Zandschulp and Rinderknech, Musetti loses one position while Griekspoor gains other positions. The Dutchman wins Bratislava (25 consecutive victories in the Challenger circuit) and closes the season in 65 place, best ranking also for Mager and the American Nakashima. Stefano Travaglia gains three positions while Andreas Seppi closes the season in hundredth place on the circuit.

Ivan Ljubicic talks about Federer

In a conversation with Stats Perform, as reported by Eurosport, Ivan Ljubicic asserted that the 40-year-old playing the year’s first Grand Slam in 2022 does not seem realistic. “I think there are very few chances [Roger Federer will play in Australia in January],” Ljubicic said. “He is still recovering, and knowing him, he wants to be sure he can play to win the tournament and be at 100%.” During the interview, Ivan Ljubicic also revealed he is confident Roger Federer will return to competive action eventually. The former World No. 3 doesn’t believe Federer will announce his retirement out of the blue. “We have spoken and I can guarantee he wants to return to playing tennis,” Ljubicic continued. “When he decides to stop he will retire, but I don’t think it’s going to happen all of a sudden.”

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