Roger Federer made his seasonal debut in the ATP 250 tournament in Doha after having been out for a year and a month, recovering from a double arthroscopic surgery on his right knee performed in February and June 2021. His last appearance dates back to to January 2020 when he lost in the semifinals at the Australian Open in Melbourne at the hands of Novak Djokovic and there was particular interest about his return after a long time of inactivity.
In Qatar, the Swiss seemed to be doing well, showing himself to be in good condition. He played two expensive games, first winning against Englishman Daniel Evans and then losing to Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, playing three sets on both occasions.
Roger Federer has shown that he can be competitive again, it will take the necessary time, but there have been good signs for all his supporters. Interviewed by the German-speaking Swiss newspaper 'Tagesanzeiger', the Swiss spoke of his intentions for this season and the gradual work he is doing with his athletic trainer: “I have to plan the coming months up to the Wimbledon tournament very carefully, that's why I'm talking about it and working with Pierre Paganini.
I prepare myself and I am facing training with the aim of being in better shape, getting better and having a good physical condition." Roger Federer will not be present this week at the ATP 500 in Dubai and, according to the latest rumors, he seems oriented to play in Monte Carlo and Paris in view of the other major events, including Wimbledon, the US Open and the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games.
In one of his recent media interactions, Roger Federer opened up on how well his family supported him in his time away from the tour last year. In particular, he spoke eagerly about the importance of his relationship with his wife Mirka.
Federer was dearly missed by the tennis world last year
"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." The Swiss maestro will not play Miami to put more time into his training. Moreover, the Sunshine tournament’s list of absentees grows more every day.
Most importantly, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will also not also compete in the United States next week. It makes Miami the first Masters 1000 tournament after Paris 2004, where none of the big three have participated.