After 13 months, and after undergoing two knee surgeries in 2020, Roger Federer returned to the field last week in Doha, his every step followed by the watchful eyes of devotees of tennis and the world of sport in general.
Federer, being one of the best known athletes in the world, a fine foil specialist but also a pure agonist in his artistic movements, his admirers missed a lot: everyone was eager to see him play again, hoping that he could still capture some of the magic that he had accustomed them, and curious to know what creative drive he could bring back to the fore.
They wanted this new version of Roger Federer to be sublime. They hoped he could still inspire them with the creativity and imagination that have long made Federer a divine figure in their eyes. Federer, for his part, has neither completely satisfied nor completely disregarded the expectations, perhaps excessive, of the most ardent fans of him.
Roger Federer was dearly missed by the tennis world last year. But the Swiss did not mind his absence from the tour, as he admitted that it was nice to be home for once. 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.
Roger Federer had the chance to be with his family
"It was nice to be home in 2020," Roger 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."
The last time Roger Federer played a Wimbledon final, he had two consecutive championships points. It was the final of 2019 Wimbledon, a match that still haunts Federer because he failed to convert both his chances and suffered a heartbreaking loss to Novak Djokovic.
After a shaky comeback, Federer announced his withdrawal from the Dubai Open and the 2021 Miami Open as well. This decision comes at the backdrop of improving his game and focusing on his primary goal of delivering his best at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships.
Owing to Federer’s record of eight Wimbledon titles, his best bet of winning another Grand Slam comes at the All England Club. With Federer turning age 40 this year and his body unable to withstand the grueling demands of the tour, the 2021 Wimbledon seems likes Federer’s last chance to win another Major.