Roger Federer has ‘five goals’ as Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic battle for supremacy

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Tennis great Bjorn Borg has outlined Roger Federer’s five main goals this year – which does not include trying to fight Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic to go down as the greatest of all time. Federer skipped the Australian Open last month as he continued to recover from knee surgery.

The Swiss star is expected to return in Doha next week as he building his fitness ahead of the clay-court season.

The 39-year-old has publicly admitted that his main goals this year are to challenge at Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympic Games.

But 11-time Grand Slam winner Bjorg reckons Federer has three more objectives he wants to tick off too.

“It’s a pity that Roger decided not to play in Australia, he had a chance,” Borg told La Stampa.

“But for 2021 he has five goals: the first is to stay fit, the others are Wimbledon, the Olympics, the US Open, and the Laver Cup.”

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Nadal tied Federer on 20 Grand Slam titles at the French Open last year and the Spaniard is hoping to pull away at Roland Garros in May.

Meanwhile, Djokovic is hot on their tails after winning his 18th Major in Melbourne last month.

But the traditional ‘Big Three’ are not the only contenders for the biggest prizes this year.

“They’re two of the strongest ever, they know what to do,” Borg said of Federer and Nadal.


“I am rather impressed with how motivated and focused they are on the pitch. And they are great people even outside of tennis.

“They know what I did, and I know what they are doing. I’m much older, but I’ve been through their own experiences, that’s why we understand each other perfectly.

“Nadal in Melbourne has won once, but he could have done it two or three more times.

“In Paris he will certainly be the favourite, but let’s not forget [Stefanos] Tsitsipas, [Daniil] Medvedev, [Denis] Shapovalov,[Alexander] Zverev who can do well in all the big tournaments.

“And then [Novak] Djokovic: he wants to win as many Slams as possible to overtake Federer and Nadal.”

Meanwhile, Federer has pulled out of the Miami Open later this month to take a ‘training break’ ahead of the French Open.

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