Richard Krajicek: 'Roger Federer should play in Doha'

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Richard Krajicek: 'Roger Federer should play in Doha'

The tournament director of the ATP 500 event in Rotterdam, Richard Krajicek, believes that Roger Federer will compete in Doha in the second week of March. Roger hasn't played since the last year's Australian Open, and the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha seems to be a perfect return point, as he already trains in Dubai since December (Dubai comes a week after Doha, and Roger should be there too).

Krajicek announced Rafael Nadal as the leading star in Rotterdam in the first week of March, still hoping to also bring Federer and make the field even stronger. Roger is a three-time Rotterdam champion, winning the first title in 2005 and repeating that three years ago when he asked for a sudden wild card.

Despite not playing at his best, Federer reached the final and defeated Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets, becoming the oldest world no. 1 at 36!

Roger Federer should make a comeback in Doha in March.

The Swiss reached the Australian Open semi-final 12 months ago before undergoing knee surgery in February and hoping to get back on the court in June.

The coronavirus halted the action until August, but Roger wasn't ready to start competing again, undergoing another surgery in May and deciding to skip the rest of the season and set eyes on 2021. The 20-time Major champion hit the practice court in October and moved to Dubai with his coach Ivan Ljubicic in December, doing his best to recover in time for the Australian Open.

That wasn't possible, though, and the entire tennis world expects to see the Swiss maestro back in action in Doha and Dubai, but only if he fully recovers. Instead of Indian Wells and Miami alone, there are eight ATP tournaments reserved for March, with Indian Wells seeking some other spot in the calendar later this year.

"As far as I know, Roger will play in Doha, the week after Rotterdam. But if he is fit and ready to play, we will hear from him," Richard Krajicek said.