There are about ten days to go before Roger Federer's return to the field. The Swiss champion, stopped by a performance against Rafael Nadal in Cape Town on 7 February 2020, announced a few weeks ago his return to the ATP 250 in Doha.
There is a lot of curiosity in seeing him again in the middle of the field, both for the shots he can give us and to understand in what conditions we will be able to admire him. In order to remove some doubts due to the two knee operations suffered last year, his physical trainer Pierre Paganini intervened, interviewed by the Swiss magazine The Tages Anzeiger: “Now Roger trains normally.
If you could see him you would say: he is not injured, everything is fine. But let's not forget that only when all the stages of recovery are over does the reactivity work again. (…) This knee had been causing him problems for several years, but he could keep them under control, with proper planning and specific exercises."
Celebrated tennis writer, columnist, and pundit, Steve Flink, has predicted a tough comeback road for the 20-time Grand Slam champion, Roger Federer.
Flink on Roger Federer’s comeback after 13 months
Steve Flink was quick to add that the Swiss won the Australian Open on his return in 2017, breaking back into the Top-10.
“It would be interesting to see what kind of form Roger Federer can show when he comes back next month,” Flink said, stressing that it’s not easy picking up where one left off in the cutthroat world of contemporary men’s tennis.
Pointing out that he is “four years older” since his comeback win in 2017 and that the fact that “he’s been gone more than twice as long” (considering his last injury break), Flink said it is “going to be very difficult for Roger to get acclimated again”.
He added that “all the knee surgeries” would test Federer’s 39-year-old body even more on his return to competition. He will have another outfit too, which consists of a white t-shirt with dark green color on the edge of his sleeves on both hands.
He will also feature wearing the Uniqlo cap, which includes a white and green shaded cap. Surprisingly, only the cap will have the ‘RF’ logo featured on it and not on the t-shirts. There are rumors that Federer will have to wait until Wimbledon to sport the logo again.
Federer is the most successful player at the Doha Open, winning the tournament previously on three occasions in 2005, 2006, and 2011.