Roger Federer: Expectations are very low for me in Doha

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Roger Federer: Expectations are very low for me in Doha
Roger Federer: Expectations are very low for me in Doha

Recorrd eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer hopes to be fully ready for The Championships this year. Federer, 39, underwent two knee surgeries last season and he would have missed Wimbledon even if the event was staged.

Federer has had a lot of success at The All England Club throughout his career as he is a record eight-time champion at the tournament. Federer fell just short of winning it all at The Championships in 2019 as he blew two consecutive championship points on his serve against world No.

1 Novak Djokovic. “I hope to be 100 percent at Wimbledon. Everything else is not that important. In the last three weeks I was surprised how well it went though,'' Federer said in Doha, per Rene Stauffer.

Federer set for a comeback

After losing to Djokovic in the Australian Open semifinal last year, Federer announced his decision to undergo a knee surgery.

A few months later Federer underwent a second knee surgery but hoped to be ready for the beginning of the 2021 season and the Australian Open. Unfortunately, Federer was forced to skip the Australian Open but he is set to kick off his 2021 season this week in Doha.

''If I can pull off a couple of matches here in Doha, I'll be happy. The expectations are very low. I hope I can surprise myself,'' Federer acknowledged. ''I'm not sure my knee will hold up, but I'm confident, otherwise I wouldn't be here.'

' Most importantly, record 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer doesn't feel pain in his troublesome knee. When I wake up in the morning I feel pretty good. The pain is under control. I can play two and a half hours for five days in a row.

There are many positive things. But matches are different. When the netves are also playing a part,'' Federer added.

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