'Roger Federer thought he truly had a chance to compete for...', says former ace

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'Roger Federer thought he truly had a chance to compete for...', says former ace

The wait is over. His Majesty is ready to return and distill more flashes of great tennis. 'King' Roger Federer, after more than a year of absence from the playing fields, at 39 years old (he will turn 40 in August), returns to the starting line of a tennis tournament: the event is set in Doha, where the next week an ATP 250 will be staged.

The Swiss champion, according to what leaks from his entourage of him, would have worked like crazy to present himself in the best conditions and not to disappoint the fans who adore him at every latitude. One of the bands he used in a tournament recently sold for $ 500 and followers on Instagram are growing dramatically.

Roger is always the most loved and that is why, in recent months, he has worked so hard to live up to expectations. Or in any case not to disappoint. Today the Swiss ace appeared two more times: once while he was intent on keeping some rackets in their special cases, with the accompanying phrase "I hadn't packed my bags for a while..."

Words and promises that sparked his Instagram followers. The second 'story' can be traced back to an end of training, probably in Dubai (United Arab Emirates), where Roger completed his preparation for the Qatar challenge.

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 discusses Roger Federer's return

"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.

"We all can’t wait for Roger Federer to be back on tour competing, as I am certain he is very much looking forward to it himself. And I think at this point in his career, he wouldn’t get back out there unless he thought he truly had a chance to compete for titles and win.

I think he’ll be selective about his schedule, but if he is healthy come Wimbledon, the Olympics and the US Open, I would never count him out" - the German added.