After more than a year of absence on the court, Roger Federer came back to play an event on the Tour last March, when he took part in the Qatar Exon Mobil in Doha. Here, the Swiss champion overtook Daniel Evans in the first match with a score of 7-6 3-6 7-5, before losing in the next match against Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-3 1-6 5-7, future winner of the Qatari event.
Roger then gave up on taking the field also in Dubai, preferring to preserve himself in view of the season on clay (he should play in Madrid first of all).
The words of Schar
Berni Schar is a renowned radio journalist who recently announced that he was retiring at the end of April, after having spent more than thirty years working for the Swiss broadcaster SRF.
In an interview some time ago he announced that he wanted to collaborate on a project together with former ATP number one Roger Federer, but unfortunately there was never an opportunity. “Roger made it easy for us,” Schar said, as revealed by EssentiallySports.
“I have always waited for the decisive moment to come, but until now it has never arrived”. Over the years, Schar has interviewed Federer hundreds of times. The great goals of the 2021 season of the Basel champion are represented by the Wimbledon tournaments and the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Roger holds an impressive record of 101 wins and 13 defeats at Church Road, while at the Olympics he won 13 of the 18 matches played (in 2016 he decided to forgo the Rio de Janeiro Games). Federer, who will turn 40 next August, is still on the hunt for the Grand Slam number 21, having narrowly missed the ninth trophy at Wimbledon in 2019, in the final lost with two match points against Serbian Novak Djokovic.
Today at number 7 in the world, Roger occupied the top of the rankings for 310 weeks. Spaniard Rafael Nadal missed the chance to regain second place in the standings after being beaten by Andrey Rublev in the quarter-finals in Monte Carlo.