Roger Federer's return to the field lasted the time of two games, as the phenomenon from Basel left the stage in the quarterfinals of the ATP 250 in Doha. After adjusting Dan Evans with difficulty in the second round, the 20-time Grand Slam champion got Nikoloz Basilashvili reassembling him, also wasting a match point in the decisive third set.
The 39-year-old Swiss gave good signals from a technical point of view, while it seemed clear to everyone that further work will be needed to refine his physical condition. Also for this reason, the former world number 1 has renounced the appointments in Dubai and Miami to carry out a further training block.
His name appears in the Mutua Madrid Open entry list, which does not guarantee his actual presence at the second Masters 1000 on clay. In the last few hours, rumors have circulated that King Roger could play the Geneva tournament before Roland Garros.
During a recent interview, his close friend Yves Allegro gave some details on what to expect from Federer.
Allegro talks about Roger Federer
“I don't expect Roger Federer to be at his best. He's never been in this situation and has been away from tennis for so long.
Thanks to his game intelligence, Roger can beat many opponents, even if he is not 100%," said Yves Allegro, who also insists that a few losses will not shake his life and his goals. Other champions have experienced this in the past: “When Sampras lost to Bastl in the second round at Wimbledon in 2002, everyone thought it was over.
And three months later, Sampras won the US Open. As long as a great player like Roger plays and believes in it, he can win tournaments." Roger Federer's quarterfinal streak ran from Wimbledon 2004 to Wimbledon 2013, showing his unreal consistency in the early stages of Slams for nine years on the trot.
But that is far from being the 39-year-old's most impressive feat. After winning Wimbledon 2004, Federer reached 23 consecutive Slam semifinals - winning 20 of them - which many believe is one of the most staggering streaks in tennis history.
His dominant run at the Majors only came to an end in 2010; the Swiss lost to Robin Soderling in the quarterfinals of the French Open that year. Roger Federer, the winner of a record 20 Grand Slams, has several achievements in his CV that point to his unparalleled excellence.
The 39-year-old has the longest streak of Grand Slams finals reached, at 10, and is also the only player to win two Grand Slams five consecutive times - Wimbledon in 2003-07 and the US Open in 2004-08.