The moment of official return to the circuit by Roger Federer seems ever closer, forced to face a long period of recovery after the double knee operation of last season. The Swiss player's last match dates back to the semi-final of the Australian Open 2020, lost to Serbian Novak Djokovic on January 30th.
Apparently the 39-year-old Basel native is expected to return to the race in the second week of March (8-13 to be precise) at the ATP 250 in Doha, almost 14 months after his last official tournament appearance. Federer would have scheduled the ATP 250 in Doha in order and to follow the ATP 500 in Dubai (from 15 to 20 March), but twists and turns are not excluded.
Richard Krajicek, former Wimbledon champion and current director of the Rotterdam tournament, has revealed that he is hoping that the Swiss will be ahead of his time by returning to the ATP circuit a week earlier in the Netherlands.
"As far as I know Roger will return to play in Doha the week after Rotterdam, but if he is fit to play we will hear from him soon," Krajicek told Blick. There is therefore great expectation for the official announcement by the eight-time winner of Wimbledon, who in any case should return to the field between the first and second week of March.
Roger Federer recently took part in a zoom conference call with several employees of luxury brand Moet & Chandon, one of his sponsors. During the interaction, Federer was asked if he thinks he has delivered over two million serves during his life.
Federer has struck 11,344 aces in his career
"I have definitely not hit two million serves in my life, I don’t think my shoulder would survive that," Roger Federer said. "I feel though that maybe I’ve hit two million shots in my life in all the practices and the juniors, doubles, you name it, so maybe I have hit two million shots."
Since the discussion was about the number of shots that he has hit in comparison to the number of bubbles in a champagne glass, Roger Federer then wondered aloud about the difficulty of counting such minute details. "But I wonder who the person is who’s counting all the bubbles in the glass - in a slow-motion video and for how long and how difficult that must be, I don’t even know," Federer added.
With 10 months spent with the coronavirus around the world, we are still not out of it. Thus, the biggest sporting event of the year, the Tokyo Olympics 2021, might be called off. For the Swiss maestro Roger Federer, this could be the end of his Olympic Gold quest.
The former chief executive of the 2012 London Olympics, Sir Keith Mills, gave insights on the current scenario. To begin with, he stressed that the organizers in Japan should start making cancellation plans. “If I was sitting in the shoes of the organizing committee in Tokyo, I would be making plans for a cancellation,” Mills said.
“And I’m sure they have plans for a cancellation. They’ve got another month or so before they need to make a call”.