The King takes the field again 14 months after the last appearance. Roger Federer is back on track at the ATP in Doha, after the semi-final at the 2020 Australian Open, and does so with the underdogs. The Swiss champion, who will turn 40 on 8 August, is the favorite at 4.50 for the success according to Sisal Matchpoint specialists.
The Basel tennis player will have to beware of Austrian Dominc Thiem, current world number 4, and Russian Andrey Rublev, eighth in the world rankings, both credited with the same share as King Roger. The Swiss champion will make his debut on Wednesday against the winner of the match between France’s Chardy and England’s Evans.
Federer chose Doha not by chance: right in the Arabian Peninsula, in 2019 in Dubai, the Swiss hit his 100th success. Now he is at 103 but does not seem willing to stop given that he has the ninth title in Wimbledon in his sights , which would pay the post 9 times, and the Tokyo Olympics.
Former German pro Patrik Kuhnen recently lavished rich praise on Roger Federer, claiming that no other player can match the 39-year-old's 'divine' status. Kuhnen's comments come on the eve of Federer's return to the tour at this week's ATP 500 event in Doha.
Kuhnen on Roger Federer
"Roger Federer's return is a blessing for the tour," Patrik Kuhnen wrote. "No other player has this radiance for tennis, no other player enjoys this 'almost divine' status.
All players and especially the young players like Jannik Sinner will be eager to be able to play against the maestro again. For me there is no bigger phenomenon in our sport than Roger Federer," Kuhnen said. "No other player has this package of pure elegance and enormous power on the court and also this unique charm in dealing with the fans and the media.
Federer simply inspires in all respects." Kuhnen also compared Federer's current comeback with his 2017 one, and surmised that the Swiss will be in good physical shape and highly motivated - just like he was four years ago.
"Four years later, Roger Federer is about to make a comeback again," Kuhnen continued. "This time he is 39 years old, he will be 40 this summer and this time he had to have two operations on his right knee. It is clear to me: when Federer comes back, he will be in top shape, pain-free and highly motivated to play for the title again."