Roger Federer continues to squeeze the last days available in his preparation before the start of the ATP 250 Doha 2021 where he will return to competition. The Swiss remains in Dubai, where he lives, and is looking for the rhythm and the sensations necessary to be able to compete at the highest level.
In the last week he has been seen sharing a track with Daniel Evans. Both he and his team seek discretion in their training, so it is not easy to capture images of them. Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray has shared his thoughts on Tour mate Roger Federer’s comeback next week.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner, who has been away from competitive tennis for over a year since undergoing knee surgery, will return to action at the ATP Doha event later this month.
Murray on Roger Federer's return
“I think obviously, Roger Federer’s gone through, you know, a difficult time for the last year and had the second knee surgery and stuff.
So yeah, like from that aspect,” said Andy Murray, in his response to the “sympathy” question. Andy added that while he would never wish his rivals to endure injury episodes like he or Federer has had to, he wouldn’t look for “sympathy” from his opponents as he is happy to be out there, competing for titles again.
“I would imagine that Roger would be the same and I’m sure he’s been training hard, he’s excited to get back out there and compete,” Murray said, adding that “he doesn’t need any advice”.
He added that once Federer puts his body through the rigors again and feels good about himself, he will play “top-level tennis again” as he is “that good”. The ATP announced early on Wednesday that they will have a 'Best-Of' system for the world rankings until August this year.
That decision will benefit the likes of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, who had some big results during the middle of the 2019 and 2020 seasons. As per the new system, for all the hardcourt and claycourt events that are normally scheduled between March and August but couldn't take place in 2020, the players will either maintain 50% of the points they received in 2019, or 100% of the points they gain in 2021 - whichever is greater.
For the claycourt events that were managed to be rescheduled in 2020 (Kitzbuhel, Hamburg, Rome Masters and Roland Garros), points gained from the 2019 edition will be dropped. In the case of those tournaments, either 50% of the 2020 points or 100% of the 2021 points will be taken into consideration.