Roger Federer’s return to the sphere is undoubtedly one of the vital anticipated occasions at the beginning of the season. The Swiss phenomenon has been away from the circuit for over a yr now, particularly due to the 2 operations on his proper knee which he underwent in 2020.
The previous world number one has renounced the Australian journey for the primary time within the final 23 editions, one This alternative can also be the results of the strict measures imposed for the Australian Open 2021. The ATP 250 in Doha shall be helpful to establish the type of the 20-time Grand Slam champion, who will even be at the beginning of the Dubai event subsequent week.
The 39-year-old from Basel has repeatedly made it clear that his primary objectives shall be Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, postponed by twelve months as a result of Coronavirus emergency. Within the conventional press convention that precedes his debut in Qatar, King Roger took inventory of his bodily situation.
The Swiss doesn’t have very excessive expectations for this event, the place he has gained 3 times.
Roger Federer is able to play
“For me, tennis is like using a motorcycle, I at all times knew that I may play little or no and nonetheless play excellent,” Roger Federer stated.
“My largest concern is the knee. I’ve had two knee surgical procedures, I needed to construct from scratch. Subsequent 3-5 months are going to be fascinating, how the knee is gonna react.” The Swiss additionally revealed that his follow periods had exceeded all expectations up to now, however added that he is not anticipating a lot from Doha.
“Let’s have a look at how matches and practices with skilled gamers go,” Federer stated. “It is nonetheless constructing as much as be higher, fitter and sooner, I hope I shall be 100% by Wimbledon, after which the season begin.
Every little thing else shouldn’t be that necessary. Maybe I shock myself, like I did in follow for the final three weeks. If I can pull off a few matches right here in Doha, I will be pleased. The expectations are very low. I hope I can shock myself.”
When requested for his two cents on the ‘GOAT’ debate, Federer spoke in glowing phrases about Nadal’s and Djokovic’s latest feats on the tour. “I believe it is an important debate to have,” Federer stated.
“What Novak and Rafa have performed recently is extraordinary, they are not 25 both, however they appear on the peak. For them I’m possibly the measuring stick, like Pete (Sampras) was for me.”