It will be the ATP 250 tournament in Doha, scheduled from 8 March, that of Roger Federer's return to the field after thirteen months. In an interview with SRF TV, the 39-year-old Swiss explained the reasons for choosing him.
“I've been thinking a lot about the right time to come back. In Australia it would have been a bit too early for the knee - he explained -. I still wanted to go back to a smaller tournament, with a different level of concentration and stress».
Federer took three titles in Qatar. He triumphed in the 2005 final over his current coach Ivan Ljubicic, in 2006 over Gael Monfils, and in 2011 beating Nikolay Davydenko. After Doha, Federer announced that he plans to play another tournament if conditions permit and then devote himself to training for the clay court season in late spring.
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.
Roger Federer's kids when he "interferes" in their tennis games
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. Roger Federer also revealed that he hopes to pick up some kind of musical instrument when he has retired from the game and has more time on his hands.
"I would like to play an instrument again," Federer said. "Hopefully when I stop playing tennis I'll have time. I used to play the piano. But of course I was more likely to play football, tennis or basketball.
Every week in piano lesson I had to explain why I hadn't practiced any more and said: 'That's tennis' Then it was said: 'Well, Roger, let's just try this song again'" Rafael Nadal has won the last 30 sets he has played at the Grand Slam stage, bettering his own streak of 29 consecutive sets between Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 2017.
Roger Federer won 36 consecutive sets across the 2006 US Open, the 2007 Australian Open and the 2007 French Open, a period during which he was at his absolute peak. Federer used his precise serve and all-court game to win the 2007 Australian Open without dropping a single set, which accounted for 21 sets in his record streak.