All tennis fans are eager to see Roger Federer on the court again. More than a year has passed since his last official appearance, which dates back to the semifinal of the Australian Open 2020 against Novak Djokovic. Two surgeries on his right knee forced the Swiss phenomenon to a very long stop, which many feared could coincide with his retirement from tennis after 20 years of career.
King Roger wanted to give himself a last chance at the age of 40, with the aim of reaching 100% for the start of Wimbledon and for the subsequent Tokyo Olympics. The 20-time Grand Slam champion will make his debut in Doha against Daniel Evans, an opponent always beaten and with whom he has trained a lot over the past few weeks.
Obviously, doubts remain about Federer's chances of being able to aspire to the most important titles, also given the recent rise of Next Gen. In a recent interview granted to 'Radio Television Suisse', former French player Arnaud Di Pasquale was questioned about the possibilities of Swiss to put another Grand Slam on the board.
Di Pasquale on Roger Federer's return
"There is bound to be some doubt as to what Roger Federer can achieve," Arnaud Di Pasquale said. "Everyone has it and I imagine he does too. But it is also in the management of doubts, pressure and uncertainties that Federer has so often been great.
He has a crazy character, a great work force." "He always knew how to find solutions to face any obstacles," the Frenchman added. "Why wouldn't this still be the case today?" Arnaud Di Pasquale was then asked about Roger Federer's chances at this year's Wimbledon, to which he replied that the Swiss maestro can still "fly" on the lawns of the All-England Club.
"Roger knows he can still 'fly' on this surface," Di Pasquale said. "With him, anything can happen. But he will first experience this return from day to day, gradually assess his progress. I believe that if the physical follows and allows him to garner the necessary confidence, he will be very dangerous for others."
Roger Federer has come into this tournament with fairly low expectations; the 39-year-old isn’t hoping for more than a win or two. But with Evans not in the best of form and Borna Coric (his potential quarterfinal opponent) having pulled out, Federer suddenly has a much clearer path to the semis - where he could possibly face Denis Shapovalov.
Dan Evans is by no means a pushover though. The Brit will be motivated to give his all in Federer’s comeback match - which will likely attract eyeballs from all over the world.