Doubles specialist Filip Polasek says he loves doing the "impossible things" as the Slovak is playing the best tennis of his career at the age of 34, a couple of years after his career appeared to be over. Polasek called it a career in 2013 at the age of 28 due to physical issues and pain but decided to give tennis another shot last year -- a decision which prompted one of the best comeback stories ever seen on the ATP Tour.
After returning to tennis in June 2018 and winning titles on the Challenger and Futures level with different partners, Polasek teamed up with Croatian doubles star Ivan Dodig for the second part of this season. Polasek and Dodig have been one of the best duos on the Tour from Day 1, having made the Eastbourne final and Wimbledon semifinal in their first two tournaments together.
Polasek and Dodig later won it all at the Cincinnati Masters and Beijing, made the semifinals at the Paris Masters, Chengdu and Basel and needed only four months to clinch a place at the Nitto ATP Finals. "A lot of people thought it would be impossible to come back to this level after my injuries and being away from competing for so long, but I love doing impossible things.
What’s even crazier is that my game is completely different. I have a different body and a different body weight. I play with different racquets and different string," Polasek told the Nitto ATP Finals.