The first Grand Slam of the year represents the last tournament officially played by King Roger Federer, in which last year he was stopped in the semifinals by Novak Djokovic. Forty years to go next August, Federer has already made it known that he is betting everything on Wimbledon and the Olympics, the latter being postponed by twelve months due to the pandemic.
As for the Church Road Grand Slam, canceled in 2020, the Basel champion will certainly want to redeem the performance of a year and a half ago, when he was unable to take advantage of two match points in the final against Djokovic.
Recently interviewed by the Swiss SRF, the 20-time Major champion revealed that he will return to the ATP circuit in the Doha tournament, Qatar: "I wanted to return to the Tour starting from a smaller event, so as not to be totally focused and in a place where there is less stress”.
The Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Dubai, an event won three times in his career by Federer, will be staged around the middle of March. The Swiss is determined to play another tournament before the season on red: “I will try to play on clay again.
All this, of course, in view of Halle, Wimbledon, the Olympics and the US Open”. Roger therefore concluded: “I enjoy playing tennis all my life. In the last few months I have focused a lot on rehabilitation, in the treatment area.
I've had to go through all of this, but I've always enjoyed it. I want to celebrate some great victories again. This is why I am ready to take the long and difficult road." Alex Corretja believes that Roger Federer has the uncanny ability to draw in admirers from all corners of the globe, which makes him a one-of-a-kind player.
According to Corretja, when Federer calls it a day, his absence will create a vacuum in the sport.
Corretja on Roger Federer
In a recent interview, Alex Corretja pointed out why the news of Roger Federer’s return elicited so much fanfare.
“Roger Federer is a unique player and you can see that wherever he goes everyone loves him,” said Corretja. “It's been a while since he left and everyone is waiting for him. When he said the other day that he was going to come back to Doha, everyone's reaction was 'wow he's back'"
After Doha, the Swiss Maestro plans on playing the other Grand Slam events and even the 2021 Olympics. It may be very tough for him to win them as he is going to be 40 years old this year. However, one can never count a 20-time Major champion from surprising everybody.