In this 2021 we saw the return, in the month of March, of Roger Federer to a tennis court for a match. After more than a year of absence due to a double surgery and the problems inherent to the pandemic that slowed his return, Roger Federer finally returned to play during the ATP tournament in Doha.
The Swiss appeared in fair condition, won his first match, in three sets, against Briton Daniel Evans and lost instead in the quarter-finals to Nikoloz Basilashvili; during the match, the twenty-time Grand Slam winner also had a Match point but was unable to exploit it.
After Doha Federer has decided to stop again and at the moment he still has to return to play, but unless there are sensational news he will return for the Ato 250 in Geneva, a home tournament for him that will serve as preparation for the next Roland Garros.
Even though many experts claimed that Roger Federer can excel at the French Open 2021, some believe that he won’t be able to play well at the tournament. One of them is Dominic Thiem’s former coach, Gunter Bresnik.
Bresnik talks about Roger Federer
“In Paris, I don’t trust Roger Federer to win anything. He just lacks the toughness of the match,” said Gunter Bresnik. Even though Bresnik stated that Federer won’t be able to shine at Roland Garros 2021, he emphasized that one must never copy the great player.
He also believes that Federer is a dangerous player whenever he steps on the court. “You must never copy Federer. Everywhere he appears on a tennis court, he is dangerous,” added the tennis coach. Now, in an interview with Schweizer Familie, Roger Federer has claimed that he is committed to putting in the hard yards to regain his form of old.
The Swiss legend also reiterated that he will continue playing as long as he is 'happy and healthy', and that he hasn't set any date for his retirement. "I will do everything I can to get back to the top after my surgery and the long pause due to that," Roger Federer said.
"As long as I am happy and healthy I will continue to play. Now, before you even ask me for how long, I must tell you, I don't know, honestly." The Swiss played several ball sports during his childhood but was particularly enamored by football and tennis, before ultimately deciding to pursue the latter full-time.
"Back in school homework was torture, I couldn’t concentrate for too long," Federer revealed. "Therefore my mother regularly needed to play a match of softball with me in the kitchen to distract me and get me moving again."