'Roger Federer’s way of playing tennis is unique', says former ATP ace

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'Roger Federer’s way of playing tennis is unique', says former ATP ace

Fans won't have to wait much longer to see Roger Federer on the pitch. The former world number 1, who has not set foot on the pitch for over a year, is registered for the ATP 250 in Doha and will make his debut on Tuesday or Wednesday against the winner between Daniel Evans and Jeremy Chardy.

A double operation on his right knee has put a strain on the physique of the 39-year-old from Basel, who wants to give himself one last chance before finally learning how to tackle the racket. The main objectives of the Swiss phenomenon will be Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, without forgetting the US Open at the end of the summer.

The new ranking system has given the King a big hand, allowing him to stay close to the top positions, but we will have to see the reaction of his body after the first matches. A few days after the Maestro's highly anticipated debut, some illustrious exponents of Swiss sport have expressed their opinions on the 20-time Grand Slam champion.

Among them is Yves Allegro, with a past on the ATP tour and a great friend of Federer.

Allegro on Roger Federer's return

“Roger Federer’s way of playing tennis is unique – he’s attacking,” Yves Allegro said.

“It’s such a contrast to Nadal and Djokovic. A great player like Roger can win tournaments as long as he plays and believes he can”. Viola Amherd, a Swiss politician, has been serving as a member of the Swiss Federal Council since 2019.

She is the head of the ministries of Defense, Civil Protection and Sport, and is also the first woman to hold such a position in Switzerland. “I’ve been following Roger Federer’s extraordinary career for many years and I’m a big fan of him,” Amherd said.

“I appreciate him not only as an extremely fair world-class player, but also as a person and a family man." Madeleine Barlocher also gave her views about Roger Federer’s return to the tour. Barlocher is the former junior co-ordinator at the Old Boys Basel tennis coaching institute, which the young Federer attended.

“Roger’s elegant tennis, his creativity, and technique are unique – I missed that a lot. I still follow his matches And I still get really nervous, when plays,” Barlocher said. At an awards night back home towards the close of 2020, the Swiss had hinted as much, saying he was still short of where needed to be in terms of fitness and was in a “race against time”.

However, amid questions around his future, the Swiss issued a statement earlier this year saying he would be back in action at ATP Doha.