Roger Federer: 'I played about 20 sets with...'



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Roger Federer: 'I played about 20 sets with...'

Even the strongest must surrender and although the game of the two contenders is completely different and in terms of style, class and talent, Roger Federer will probably not be ousted by any other player, at least existing, the Swiss has seen today beat his record of weeks spent on the top step of the ATP rankings by the Serbian Djokovic.

That this moment would come was more than foreseeable and Belgrade decided to pay tribute to its champion for the occasion. Today, from 7 pm to 10 pm, images and sequences of the most exciting moments of the tennis player's career will be broadcast continuously on the facade of the Town Hall.

In addition, some of the most important buildings and highlights of the Serbian city will be illuminated with the colors of the nation's flag. A dutiful tribute to a champion without limits who since this morning is the player with the highest number of weeks in which he has stationed at the top of the standings.

311 weeks, it was of course 310 those of Roger Federer, divided into five moments of Djokovic's career. The first time to become number one in the world coincided with his first victory at the London tournament in Wimbledon on July 4, 2011 and remained there for 53 weeks, practically a year when he was then beaten on the green lawn by Federer.

Roger Federer on his training sessions

Roger Federer has been training with Dan Evans in the Middle East over the last couple of weeks. Before his stint with Evans, Federer trained with countryman and rising star Dominic Stricker.

The 20-time Major champion explained that it was important for him to get a feel of the matches, and revealed that he played ‘about 20 sets’ with Dan Evans. Interestingly, the Brit is also likely to be Federer’s second-round opponent at the 2021 Qatar ExxonMobil Open.

"It was very important to me that I could play points and sets for the last two months," Roger Federer said. "First Stricker came to Dubai and most recently I played about 20 sets with Dan Evans. I am very happy with my knee."

The World No.6 will compete at the 2021 Doha Open, which begins tomorrow. Interestingly, Federer has won the Doha Open thrice (2005, 2006, 2011), which is the most titles any player has won in the event’s history. Seeded No.2 at the ATP 250 tournament, Federer has received a first-round bye.

Some top players including the reigning US Open Dominic Thiem, Andrey Rublev, and Stan Wawrinka will also compete for the title.