Roger Federer, defeated in the quarter-finals of the Doha tournament, is nevertheless satisfied with his return to the field after more than a year. "It was fantastic to be back in the ATP Tour, I loved every minute of the game in Doha.
A big thank you to the team, the best and most loyal in the world, who helped me get here." The former world number one also announced that he will not be in Dubai. "I have decided that it is better to go back to training and, consequently, I have decided to withdraw from the Dubai tournament next week."
The objectives are set: "The important thing is to play games, and before the grass comes the earth. From that point of view, if I need to play games I will have no choice but to play on clay. It could be good or bad for me.
me, but in the end I believe that I will play somewhere on earth. But I told myself to wait for the 'response' from Doha and possibly Dubai before making a decision. Health comes first. Ultimately, I will do whatever can help me to be 100% for the grass season."
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have dominated the men's tour for nearly 15 years now, winning 58 Grand Slam titles between them and assembling all of the accolades the game has to offer. Recently, World No.
9 Diego Schwartzman was incredibly complimentary of the trio, claiming they continue to learn even after the experience they have gained over the years.
Diego Schwartzman on Roger Federer
"Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic have many things but the most important thing is that they always want to be better," Diego Schwartzman told ESPN.
"(Even) today they continue to learn. You see them train and make others better." During the course of a long interview with ESPN, Diego Schwartzman also had words of high praise for 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer.
The Argentine said that you are 'at the mercy' of the Swiss maestro while playing against him and also complimented his charisma. "With Roger Federer you are at the mercy of whether he wins or loses the points.
He doesn't let you do anything," the World No. 9 said. "He has charisma, class, education, goes anywhere and greets everyone." Interestingly, Roger Federer has done very well at the other end of the extreme.
He has won a mammoth 24 matches after being match point(s) down, which is far more often than his rivals Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have managed (14, 15 & 12 matches respectively).