There are only a few days left and after more than 13 months the Swiss champion Roger Federer will return to playing tennis. The twenty-time Grand Slam winner will return to the next tournament in Doha, a highly anticipated event by fans and several tennis players are talking about it.
The former British tennis champion Tim Henman, to the microphones of the Forbes newspaper, spoke of the Swiss champion, on the sidelines of a return to the field that fans have been waiting for months. Many thought of Federer's return to the field at the Australian Open, but the problems related to quarantine and some small physical problems still postponed his return to the Doha tournament.
In a recent interview, Richard Krajicek claimed that Roger Federer didn't want to rush his return after such a long break, which explains his decision to go with Doha. The Middle Eastern event starts one week after Rotterdam.
Krajicek on Roger Federer
"We have been in contact with him to make it clear that he is welcome," Richard Krajicek said. "Roger Federer has not played for over a year and he did not want to rush his return.
That is why he chose Doha." Despite Rafael Nadal's withdrawal and Roger Federer's absence, the Rotterdam tournament still boasts a strong field this year. World No. 3 Daniil Medvedev is one of four top 10 players in the draw, along with Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev and Andrey Rublev.
Rafael Nadal's withdrawal from Rotterdam has opened the door for Russia's Daniil Medvedev to become the new World No. 2 on 8 March. As per the ATP Tour, Medvedev can reach the No. 2 spot by advancing to the final in Rotterdam.
That would earn him enough points to move past the Spaniard in the rankings. Daniil Medvedev, who moved to his career-high No. 3 spot earlier this week, has been on a tear in recent months. The Russian put together a 20-match unbeaten run which saw him win the Paris Masters, the Nitto ATP Finals and the ATP Cup, and reach the final of the Australian Open.
If Daniil Medvedev does manage to reach the No. 2 position, it would mark the first time since 25 July 2005 that a player besides Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer or Andy Murray would be ranked in the world's top 2.
Aside from Medvedev's chase for the No. 2 spot, the week of 8 March is already destined to go down in history. That is the moment Novak Djokovic will break Roger Federer's record of most weeks at World No. 1 in men's tennis.