Fans are looking forward to seeing Roger Federer again on the pitch. The Swiss phenomenon hasn't played an official tournament since last year's Australian Open, when he surrendered in the semifinals to future winner Novak Djokovic.
Two knee operations forced him to miss the rest of 2020, a year made even more complicated by the pandemic that has shocked the whole world. For the first time in the last 23 editions, the former world number 1 has decided to forgo the Australian trip, avoiding forcing recovery times.
A few weeks ago, the 20-time Grand Slam champion announced that he will be back on the pitch in Doha in the second week of March. The 39-year-old from Basel has repeatedly reiterated that his main goals will be Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, postponed by twelve months due to the Coronavirus emergency.
King Roger will also try to be ready for the US Open, a tournament that the Swiss have not won since 2008. Speaking on Eurosport, John McEnroe has issued his verdict on the return of the red-cross legend.
McEnroe on Roger Federer
“You can’t put it past Roger Federer to make a successful return next year because part of it is his love of the game and he just enjoys being out there so much.
I don't know what will happen if he doesn’t win as much as he does, presumably if it was me, I wouldn’t be enjoying it as much if I wasn’t winning but he is still legit in everyone’s minds two or three in the world, four in the world at the worst.
So, we’ll see how it plays out" - John McEnroe said. He also talked about Andy Murray's future: "He is about 80% of what he was moving, the question is at the moment is that 20% going to come back? Is he going to be able to dig into the corners, is he going to be able to break out of the corners as quickly as he used to? Maybe that takes time, maybe it takes six months? I’m not a doctor but if he stays at 80%, I don't think you’ll see him play that much longer.
But if he is in a process where the body is getting used to what it takes to go the distance, then I would think he could get back to the top ten”. Federer will turn 40 this year, but he is optimistic. In his last Grand Slam appearance at the Australian Open 2020, he made a semifinal appearance. He couldn’t take part in the 2021 Australian Open as he is recovering from his surgery.