Roger Federer's long training starts in Doha, where he has won the tournament three times - when he was a young number 1 (2005 and 2006) and then in 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.
Before boarding the plane that took him to Qatar, the former world number 1 posted a video on his social profiles in which he declared he was happy for his new trip and in a story accompanying an image he had wrote: "It was a while since I packed my suitcase."
Welcome back Roger: It's been a year since my last trip and I'm really thrilled. At this moment I would like to thank all the people involved in the recovery process that allowed me to restart. It has been a long and difficult journey.
And I know it's not over yet. But I'm fine. I'm at a good point and I've trained well. I'm really excited. Guys, I hope you intend to follow me and I can't wait to see you again live. In Doha Federer will resume his activity on the circuit by facing the winner of the match between the French Jeremy Chardy and the British Daniel Evans in the second round match.
On his side of the board also Coric, Millman (with whom he gave life to a super challenge at the Australian Open 2020), Shapovalov and Goffin. Should he reach the final he would play with Thiem (number 1 on the scoreboard) or Rublev, holder of the title.
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 also talked about Roger Federer's comeback to the tour after a year-long absence, Novak Djokovic's recent Australian Open win, and the ‘Greatest of All Time’ (GOAT) debate in both men's and women's tennis.
Haas talks about Roger Federer
"It’s really impossible to predict how the rest of their respective careers will play out. Certainly Roger Federer has the toughest path to winning another Major, but I would never count him out, particularly at Wimbledon.
Novak Djokovic has time on his side, being the youngest of the three and still playing some of the best tennis of his career. And Rafael Nadal could win French Opens for who knows how many more years?" - Tommy Haas said.