Roger Federer has archived his first official tournament in over a year with bittersweet feelings. After beating Daniel Evans on his debut in Doha in three sets, the Swiss phenomenon lost a comeback to Nikoloz Basilashvili and also wasted a match point.
The former world number 1 once again flaunted his crystalline talent, but revealed a physical condition still far from what his expectations are. As he has repeatedly stated, the main goal of the 20-time Grand Slam champion is to be 100% found for Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics in the summer.
Meanwhile, the 39-year-old from Basel has decided to unsubscribe from the Dubai ATP 500 scheduled for next week. Also considering the forfeit in Miami, King Roger should return to the field again for the season on clay. In a recent interview in Qatar, Federer explained how much his family supported him during his long stint away from the tour.
In particular, the Master went into the details of his relationship with Mirka.
Roger Federer on his wife Mirka
"It was the right thing to do, I was very happy," Roger Federer replied when asked about his marriage to Mirka.
"We had a wonderful wedding, I would love to do it again. It felt really good," he added. "It meant so much to me in a positive way." Over the course of his illustrious career, Roger Federer has barely had the chance to be with his family and kids for more than three or four months at a time.
So it's no surprise that the 39-year-old was happy to be given the chance to spend time with his wife and kids. "It was nice to be home in 2020," Federer said. "I’ve always been on the road from January to November, I’m on world tour the entire time.
So when we get a bit off time, regardless of if we want it or not, it's always nice to be home. We’re road warriors if you want, all of us." With 68 per cent of his first serves in, Federer produced his familiar moments of sparkle and the fact that he managed to get through a third set and still be playing somewhere near his best after two hours and 24 minutes suggests this great champion has more in the tank than many expected.
This one win does not tell us whether he will be competitive when he gets to Wimbledon in July or the Tokyo Olympics that are due to follow, but that debate can wait for another day. For now, we can all rejoice at the sight of Roger Federer back on a tennis court.