Roger Federer played his last official match on 30 January 2020. The Swiss champion, on that occasion, lost the Australian Open semi-final to Novak Djokovic in three sets, but played an incredible tournament despite physical problems.
Physical problems that forced Federer to a double operation on his right knee and a forced break that lasted more than a year. The 20-time Grand Slam champion should have returned to Australia, but he preferred to take some more time to recover 100% physically and not rush his return.
To the delight of all tennis fans, Federer is now finally ready to return to the field and will do so at the ATP 250 tournament in Doha, scheduled for March 8-14. The Swiss can't wait to play his first game of 2021 and on social media he uploaded all his fans by posting a photo full of hope and happiness.
Federer has in fact posted an image of him smiling on a tennis court and it is written: "The countdown to Doha begins. Only one week left." The hype around the G.O.A.T debate (greatest of all time) gets heated every time any of these three players (Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic) win a Major, especially as these three great representers of the sport have entered the twilight of their careers.
Federer will be turning 40 during the course of this season. Recently, German tennis coach, Sascha Bajin, voiced his opinion on this issue.
Bajin on the Big 3
“It is not because you have the most Grand Slam titles that you are automatically the best tennis player.
So many other factors must be brought together and it is moreover difficult to define them. We should just appreciate the fact that the Big 3 (Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic) can play for a long time to come, and especially hope that in the future they can meet on the court" - Sascha Bajin said.
Djokovic won the Australian Open 2021 while Nadal pulled out of the Rotterdam Cup due to his back issues. Now, Roger will be seen in action after more than a year at the Doha Open, beginning in March. Interestingly, Federer has won three titles (2005, 2006, 2011) at the Qatar Open, which is the most won by any player in the tournament’s history.
With the ATP 250 event beginning from March 8, the fans will finally witness the Swiss Maestro in action. Having been on the tour since his debut in 1998, Federer has been the biggest star attraction for tennis fans across the globe and has popularised the sport through his inspiring journey.