It has been more than a year since the Swiss Roger Federer last stepped on a tennis court. He has not played since his fall to Djokovic in the semifinals of the Australian Open 2020. But the countdown to see him again in action has begun: the 39-year-old Swiss tennis player confirmed that his intention is to return in the Doha tournament, which It will begin on March 8.
In dialogue with the Swiss radio station SRF Sport, Federer confirmed that he is ready to resume his successful career, cut short by two surgeries on his right knee last year and delays in his rehabilitation due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“I’ve been thinking about when and where to return for a long time. Australia came too early for my knee. And that hurts. It is one of the places where I love to play the most. But I wanted to go back to a smaller tournament so as not to be completely focused and where the stress was also a little less. I will not play tournaments just because. If the family or the body do not work, I will stop ”, he commented.
This would be the first step for a Federer who after Doha plans to play a few more tournaments, including the brick dust ones, despite the fact that his priority is the grass and the most important tournaments: “I will try to play on clay again. All, of course, knowing that the important thing is Halle, Wimbledon, the Olympic Games and the US Open “
His hunger for glory remains intact. At 39, having won 20 Grand Slam titles and having been number one for 310 weeks, His Majesty said he was “looking forward to celebrating great victories again” and “ready to face the long and hard road” of returning. to win games.
In fact, in his talk with this media from his country, Federer confessed that during his inactivity period he has been more aware than ever of the results of the tournaments played. “At this time I thought that I would not follow the sport much and would be more busy with my children and my rehabilitation. But I was surprised to keep checking results and watching matches. And normally I don’t do that if I don’t participate in a tournament, “he revealed.
All the lights will now be on Doha, an ATP 250 category tournament that Federer has already won three times: 2005, 2006 and 2011. Currently, the Swiss player is fifth in the world rankings behind Djokovic, Nadal, Thiem and Medvedev, who know that their privileged places are under threat with the return of one of the greatest tennis players of all time. (GG) (Infobae)