The 20-time Major champion Roger Federer returns to action at this week's ATP 250 Doha event, competing for the first time since the last year's Australian Open. The Swiss underwent two knee surgeries in February and May last year, opting to skip the rest of the season following the second and working hard to make a fresh start in 2021.
Not feeling completely ready to enter the Australian Open, Roger will make a long-awaited return against Daniel Evans or Jeremy Chardy in the Doha second round, in his first match since January 30 last year! Speaking about his comeback, Federer said there are still many question marks, as he can't predict his current level.
Roger will use the upcoming tournaments to build his form, trying to get back at 100% ahead of his beloved Wimbledon, where he wants to seek the ninth title in July.
Roger Federer spoke about his upcoming return in Doha.
Roger also compared this injury to the previous one in 2016, when he had to skip the second part of the year due to knee issues.
Federer said he was completely healthy once he returned in 2017, conquering seven titles that year for the first time since 2007 and becoming world no. 1 in February 2018. Federer played on a high level in 2019, winning four ATP titles and wasting two match points in that epic Wimbledon final against Novak Djokovic.
He finished the season ranked 3rd behind Nadal and Djokovic and hoped for another strong run in 2020 before that knee injury sidelined him from the court for over a year. "When I came back in 2017, I was completely healthy.
I no longer asked myself big questions about whether I could go backward again. Now I had a double operation, and the way back was much longer; there are many more question marks. Therefore, everything that comes from today to Wimbledon is a build-up.
I need another training block in Doha and possibly Dubai. It also shows that I'm not at the level I was back then. But it's good enough to compete in a tournament. I'm curious myself how I'll feel. I'm looking forward to being here again. If you had seen me play in October, November - those are giant steps!" Roger Federer said.