After a successful season and well-deserved rest, Roger Federer has hit the practice court again at his second home in Dubai. The Swiss has been spending the offseason in Dubai for many years now, winning the title there in 2003 and buying a house soon after that as he always enjoyed spending time there.
Roger played his last match in the semi-final at the ATP Finals, losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas and deciding to skip the ATP Cup and give himself more time to prepare for the Australian Open where he won two titles in the last three years.
Eager to share his knowledge and experience with the upcoming stars, Roger has been inviting numerous players to train with him in Dubai and it was Miomir Kecmanovic who got the opportunity this winter, spending time with the 20-time Major champion after a breakthrough run in 2019.
The Belgrade native who lives and trains in Florida will finish the season in the top-60, gaining 70 spots on the list since the end of 2018 and standing in contention for the Newcomer of the Year award. Entering the season with no ATP triumphs under his belt, Miomir delivered 24 victories in 2019, qualifying for the main draw in Brisbane and Melbourne and advancing into the quarter-final at Indian Wells.
The results were not there in the next three months but Miomir changed that in Antalya, reaching into the first ATP final and barely losing to Lorenzo Sonego in three sets. Kecmanovic toppled Felix Auger-Aliassime and Alexander Zverev in Cincinnati, his last notable result before the Next Gen Finals in Milan where Jannik Sinner halted him in the semis.
Just like in 2018, Roger claimed four ATP titles this season, lifting three ATP 500 trophies and the Masters 1000 crown in Miami at the end of 37. In Dubai, Roger became the second Open era player with 100 ATP titles before an impressive run at Indian Wells and Miami.
Returning to clay for the first time in three years, Federer advanced into the quarter-finalist in Madrid and Rome, playing even better at Roland Garros to score five wins and get back into the semis where Nadal halted him in straight sets.
With the momentum on his side, Federer lifted the tenth trophy in Halle, shifting form to Wimbledon where he wasted two match points versus Novak Djokovic in the final. Federer failed to reach the semis in Cincinnati, the US Open and Shanghai, fixing that at home in Basel for his 103rd ATP crown, playing on a solid level at the ATP Finals as well to notch his 16th semi-final at this event from 17 appearances, losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets.