Roger Federer's last official match was on 30 January 2020, when he lost in the Australian Open semifinal to Djokovic, who later won the title. At that time there was talk of this virus that was killing people in Wuhan, some thought it was good to be careful because a virus can always spread its range quickly, but after all we all thought that the world had continued to turn as it had always done, and the Chinese who remained under it were poor.
The world, on the other hand, has really changed, it has stopped and with it tennis too, the circus-club that is constantly moving has stopped and with it its stars, who have thought about how to resume, how to say something to the world in such a shocking moment, to his pains, to his age, as Federer did who chose not to stop but to start again with great calm, just to be still competitive and maybe (we hope) to last longer.
He chose to leave from the Middle East not only because in this period of the year that is the best area in which to play tennis and earn a lot in prestigious tournaments, but behind it there could also be a superstitious reason or at least a good memory.
In fact, exactly two years ago Roger Federer won his 100th ATP title in the final of the ATP 500 in Dubai, overcoming the first rounds with difficulty, and then playing his tennis in the semifinals against Coric, beaten 6-2, 6-2 and in final against Tsitsipas, beaten 6-4, 6-4.
In fact, to celebrate that goal, Federer will double the Doha tournament with the one to be played in Dubai. And we are already looking forward to it. Marco Porcio Cato, known as Il Censor, used to say that you should never go back to where you were happy.
For tennis players it is difficult because the tour is often always the same and it almost enters a monotonous annual turnaround. For champions like Federer it is even more difficult because it is almost impossible to find a place where Roger has not been happy with a win.
In an interview with Tennis Majors, Goran Ivanisevic asserted that Roger Federer's comeback is a signal in itself that the Swiss is ready to be back on the tour.
Ivanisevic on Roger Federer's comeback
"I have played against Roger Federer and I have coached against Federer," Goran Ivanisevic said.
"One thing I have learned is that you should never write him off, so I won’t do it now. He is always dangerous, particularly at Wimbledon and to a lesser extent at the US Open," the Croat added. "If he is playing, that means that he is ready and when he is ready, he is an extremely difficult opponent to have."