Roger Federer: 'I am ready to go the long, hard road'

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Roger Federer: 'I am ready to go the long, hard road'

Roger Federer has finally set the date and place of his return to the field after 13 months of inactivity due to knee problems. The former world number one, today in fifth place in the ATP ranking, after the forfeit at the ATP Cup 2021 and the Australian Open, has announced that he will be part of the ATP 250 in Doha scheduled from 6 to 13 March in the capital of Qatar.

But Roger Federer also unveiled the other stages of his return to the field after Doha: the 39-year-old from Basel has in fact announced that he plans to play another tournament immediately if conditions permit (therefore Dubai or Miami) and then devote himself to preparation for the season on clay (excellent chance to see him again on the pitch also at the Internazionali d'Italia).

For the summer, however, the Swiss's program is more defined: he will focus on Halle and then return to "his" Wimbledon, while the next stop will be the Tokyo Olympics in which he will try to win that Olympic gold that is missing from his very rich showcase.

and finally it will close with the US Open. The former world number one is back from two knee operations that forced him to miss the entire last season.

It’s been a year since Federer last played on the ATP Tour

Roger Federer has been a frequent competitor at the Australian Open since 1999, but the knee injury will keep him sidelined for the 2021 edition.

That has It put an end to a 21-year streak, but Federer knows there are important things ahead. Federer just has a simple explanation for choosing the Qatar Open as his return destination. “I wanted to make my comeback at a smaller tournament so that I wasn’t fully in focus and where the stress is also a little less,” the 39-year-old mentioned.

“I want to celebrate great victories again. And for that I am ready to go the long, hard road,” Federer expressed. Federer will face a challenging schedule this season. He’ll mark his return at the Qatar Open, and fans are expecting him to play at the remaining three Grand Slam events as well.

But the 20-time Slam champion has already laid out his priorities. In 2016, Federer took a break from the Tour due to a similar situation he faced when he injured his knee for the first time. After Wimbledon that year, he paused his season and returned the following year before the Australian Open.

To everyone’s surprise, the Swiss sensation lifted the title by beating his greatest rival, Rafael Nadal, in a five-set encounter. It was his first Grand Slam title after his victory at the 2012 Wimbledon championship. He later went on to win his record-breaking 8th title at the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club.