Roger Federer: 'The problem with tennis is that it takes...'

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Roger Federer: 'The problem with tennis is that it takes...'

It will be the ATP 250 in Doha, scheduled for March 8, the tournament of Roger Federer's return to the field after thirteen months. In an interview with SRF TV, the Swiss explained the reasons for choosing him. "I thought a lot about the right time to return.

In Australia it would have been a bit too early for the knee," he explained. "I still wanted to return to a smaller tournament, with a different level of concentration and stress." Federer captured three Qatari titles in seven appearances between 2002 and 2012, using only once before the semi-final.

He triumphed in the 2005 final over his current coach Ivan Ljubicic, in 2006 over Gael Monfils, and in 2011 beating Nikolay Davydenko. The Swiss will therefore embellish a scoreboard that already includes Dominic Thiem, Stan Wawrinka and Monfils, Matteo Berrettini's next opponent in the ATP Cup.

After Doha, he added, Federer plans to play another tournament if conditions allow it and then devote himself to a training phase for the season on clay. An announcement that makes Italian fans dream, who hope to see him back on the pitch at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia.

In the summer, he will then focus on Halle, Wimbledon, the Olympics and the US Open. "I will not try to remain pathologically in the circuit," said Federer, who underwent two knee operations last year and was surprised at the attention with which he followed the results and games in his absence.

"I want to go back to celebrating great victories" he explained, but not only his only ambitions. In a recent interview with Schweizer Illustrierte, Federer spoke at length about his kids playing the sport that he has dominated for the past two decades.

Federer on his kids playing tennis

"We played quite a lot this year. The good thing is, you can always find ways to make it fun," Roger Federer said. "The problem with tennis is that it takes time to get right into it.

Then it's fun. Now all four have arrived where they can play a longer rally." While Roger Federer is considered by many to be the greatest male player in the history of the sport, his kids don't think too highly of his insights.

But the 39-year-old knows that eventually they'll have to come to him or Mirka for help. "Meanwhile they also ask me if I come to play. At the beginning it was said: 'You are not my coach! Dad doesn't have to interfere in the game.'

So I said: 'Okay, no problem, do it the way you feel is right. At some point you might come to me or Mommy'," Federer continued.