Despite the delays and covid regulations, all top players are expected to start the 2021 season in Australia. World No. 5 Roger Federer, who missed the inaugural ATP Cup, will represent Switzerland next year. He will team up with compatriot and former World No. 3 Stan Wawrinka.
Scheduled for February 1st – 5th, the second edition of the ATP Cup is set to see all the Top 11 players.
Japanese player Kei Nishikori used his protected ranking to join partner Yoshihito Nishioka at the event. He missed most of the tennis action this year because of an elbow injury.
The tournament will see 12 international teams; Novak Djokovic led Serbian team are the defending champions of the Cup. Team Australia received a wildcard and will play as home favourites in the competition.
Roger Federer will start his 2021 season before Australian Open
Fans have waited for a long time to see the 39-year-old play on a tennis court (almost a year). After he confirmed his participation in the ATP Cup, Switzerland’s chances to win the event received a big boost. Additionally, fans can see the 20-time Grand Slam winner before he starts his campaign for the Australian Open.
Previously, Federer had raised concerns regarding his recovery revealing that he wasn’t 100% yet. However, he is confident enough to start his season in Melbourne Park alongside Wawrinka and Henri Laaksonen.
World No. 2 Rafael Nadal, Roberto Bautista Agut, and Pablo Carreno Busta will form Team Spain. The squad is unchanged from the first edition where they finished runner-up. Therefore, it is certain that the Big Three will compete with one another, only this time for their countries.
Federer will face tough competitors at the ATP Cup
Since the Australian Open earlier this year, the Swiss maestro has not played any professional tennis. Meanwhile, the next-generation players have geared up their chances at big tournaments. Therefore, the ATP Cup will be an eye-opener for Federer before the Australian Open.
Furthermore, it will be the first tournament for the 103 ATP titles winner under quarantine conditions. Most of his competition has had extensive experience of the challenges of playing in a bubble.
Nonetheless, one cannot underestimate the Swiss maestro because of his out-of-the-world talent. Even for Kei Nishikori, it is a great opportunity to come back into the big leagues.
This post was last modified on December 26, 2020 11:42 am