Thirteen months of inactivity. An eternity for Roger Federer, but also for all those who love tennis, and considering the stop for Covid it seems more than a year has passed since the last match of King Roger, who has not played an official match since January 30, 2020, when lost in three sets to Djokovic in the semifinals at the Australian Open.
Two operations on his right knee in public have not made him lose his smile, but perhaps he has lost some certainty. Certainly the objectives have not changed. Federer wants to be on top for Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympic Games.
The long preparation starts in Doha, where he has won the tournament three times - when he was a young number 1 (2005 and 2006) and then in the high school (2012). And then there will be Dubai, two weeks that are expected to be intense and with a series of opponents that will increase in level, and who will test the condition of this immense champion.
Tommy Haas needs no introduction to tennis fans. A former World No. 2, a 15-time ATP title winner, a silver medallist at the 2000 Summer Olympics, and a multiple Grand Slam semifinalist - Haas has pretty covered the whole gamut of tennis accomplishments.
In a recent exclusive interview with Sportskeeda, Tommy Haas spoke at length about his post-retirement activity in general, and the Indian Wells event in particular.
Haas on the Big 3
"There are so many moments over my career that I am proud of now when I look back.
At the time, you always remember what you could have done better - won more matches or tournaments or things like that. But now, there are so many moments that I look back at fondly - winning Halle twice as well as Stuttgart in front of a home crowd; reaching the No.
2 ranking in 2002; representing my country and capturing a silver medal at the 2000 Olympics. Even things that are challenging to go through at the time, like all of the injuries and surgeries, now I can look back and be proud of how I bounced back and never stopped fighting.
(That's) a great lesson I try to impart to my two daughters" - Tommy Haas said. Novak Djokovic just won his 18th Grand Slam title, amidst some very challenging circumstances in Australia. "There’s no doubt that Novak Djokovic is playing at an extremely high level, and that makes him tough for anyone to beat.
Even with the unfortunate injury, he was still able to walk away with the trophy, and that has to give him a lot of confidence going into Miami - another tournament where he’s had a lot of success over the years. It will be interesting to see how the rest of the season shakes out - with Novak Djokovic playing at his best, Roger Federer returning, and of course Rafael Nadal going for yet another title at Roland Garros and looking to pass Federer for most Grand Slams overall.