Numerous fans and insiders expected to see Roger Federer again at the Australian Open 2021. However, the imperfect condition of his knee and the very strict government measures led the Swiss phenomenon to postpone his return.
The former world number 1 remained off the pitch for over a year, causing fear of his possible retirement at the age of 40. The goals of the Maestro from Basel have already been highlighted: Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics could in fact be the last efforts of his wonderful career.
Last year, King Roger had to collect his eternal rival Rafael Nadal at 20 Grand Slams, after the Spaniard won Roland Garros for the umpteenth time. As if that weren't enough, Novak Djokovic has just snatched the record for weeks at the top of the ATP ranking.
In a very long interview granted after his arrival in Doha, Federer retraced the stages of his return. The King is also expected to play the Dubai tournament next week.
Roger Federer is a three-time champion at Qatar Open
"I was really hoping to come back much sooner, but now we’re little over a 24 hours away for my first match tomorrow at 6 o clock," Roger Federer said.
"I'm very happy, it's been a long, hard road but here we are in Qatar. Like you said I have some beautiful memories of this place so it is exciting." Roger Federer is a three-time champion at Qatar, but he last won the title back in 2011.
Federer recalled his title win from 2005, where he beat his now-coach Ivan Ljubicic in the final. "I’m happy to have won the tournament several times," the Swiss went on. "I'm happy I've won the golden falcon (name of the trophy) here.
One time I beat my coach here, he doesn't like to talk about it, because he thinks that was one of the easiest finals I've ever had, but that's not true, I always respected him, he was a very dangerous player."
The excitement of tennis fans is out of bounds as Roger Federer makes his comeback at Qatar Open 2021. However, before his first match, the Swiss maestro has already surprised the fans. Before, the 20-time Grand Slam champion did not play any tennis last year.
But, consequently, he did launch a tennis challenge to stay active during the lockdown. Moreover, big players and fans took part in that challenge, called Volley or Roger Federer Challenge. It was an instant hit on social media platforms.