Roger Federer was forced to miss most of the tournaments played in 2020 due to a knee injury sustained during the penultimate edition of the Australian Open. The Swiss champion, after having undergone more than one operation, however, was finally able to overcome his physical problems and returned to the field at the ATP 250 tournament in Doha.
Federer defeated Daniel Evans in three sets in the Qatari event, only to lose to Nikoloz Basilashvili in an incredible match. The Georgian tennis player then triumphed in Doha and put an end to a really bad period. The 20-time Grand Slam champion, in order not to risk suffering a relapse, preferred to skip the ATP 500 tournament in Dubai and take the time to improve his physical condition.
The Swiss has hinted that he will play the season on clay to better prepare for the one on grass. It is precisely at Wimbledon that Federer hopes to present himself in the best possible conditions and to amaze all tennis fans for the umpteenth time in his career.
Former Indian tennis pros Somdev Devvarman and Mahesh Bhupathi recently talked at length about Roger Federer's style of play, explaining why the Swiss is more unique than Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
Devvarman reflects on Roger Federer
"Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are also incredible, but people can’t do what they do because their physical and mental abilities don't allow it," Somdev Devvarman said.
"But Roger Federer, no one can do what he does. It’s a different kind of beauty. Just the way the ball comes off the racket. The guy can do 55,000 things with the ball on any shot." Mahesh Bhupathi claimed that Roger Federer’s second serve is the best he has ever faced, due to its incredible variety.
The former doubles World No. 1 also waxed lyrical about Federer’s slice, explaining how the Swiss has got a different version of the shot for every situation. "His variety is mind-boggling," Bhupathi continued.
"His second serve is the best I have ever faced. He has the ability to hit multiple spots with the same toss and at multiple speeds. He makes people miserable with his slice. He’s got the slice to keep him in the point, the slice down the line, the short slice to bring people in.
His game is premised on taking away time." Somdev Devvarman, on his part, believes that Roger Federer’s game is a perfect mixture of aggression and elegance - something that Devvarman believes has never been witnessed before in tennis.
"One of the things that makes him stand out is how he can do things in an explosive way but still do it elegantly," Devvarman said. "No one has seen that happen in the sport."