The entire tennis world's eyes will be set on Roger Federer this week, as the Swiss star returns from the most extended break of his career. The 20-time Major winner hasn't played since the last year's Australian Open, struggling with a severe knee injury and undergoing two surgeries in February and May.
After the second, Roger decided to put 2020 aside and switch focus on 2021, hoping to regain his form by Wimbledon and fight for notable titles again. Federer will make a long-awaited comeback against Daniel Evans or Jeremy Chardy in the Doha second round, competing for the first time since January 30 last year!
Turning 40 in August and staying away from the court and competitive matches for so long, Federer is aware that many questions are waiting for the answers in the next couple of weeks, as he can't predict his current form or abilities.
Roger Federer is confident about playing on a high level again.
Speaking about his return, Federer said he still knows how to play tennis, comparing that to riding a bike. Of course, his knee still bothers him, as Federer had to start all over after the second surgery.
The Swiss will use the upcoming months to see where he stands, wondering what would happen in back-to-back challenging encounters. At the moment, Federer can't say will the knee hold up, but he is ready to give his best and make a promising start.
Federer played great tennis in 2019, winning four ATP titles and squandering 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.
"For me, tennis is like riding a bike; you never forget that. I was always someone who could play well, even if I played little. If something is bothering me, it's my knee. I had to start from scratch after the second operation.
The next three to five months will be interesting. How does the knee react on long matches if I play a couple of challenging encounters in a row? I have to find these answers. That's my only concern. Right now, I'm not sure my knee will hold up, but I'm confident; otherwise, I wouldn't be here. I did everything I could," Roger Federer said.