Roger Federer was forced to stay away from the playing fields for more than a year due to the knee injury suffered at the Australian Open 2020. The Swiss champion, however, managed to overcome this obstacle too and last week he finally returned to excitement all tennis fans.
Federer took part in the ATP 250 tournament in Doha, where he won on his debut against Daniel Evans playing an excellent match. A newfound Nikoloz Basilashvili, who in the end even won the tournament, stopped the journey of the Swiss.
Right after the Doha tournament, Federer unveiled his true goal without mincing words. “This is an important step for me. As I said: I’m not 100% yet. I feel it, I feel it and I see it. The important thing for me is to be 100% ahead of the season on the grass.
I am still working and building my path; this is just a stepping stone. Over the next four months, my team and I will need to be good at evaluating the calendar and figuring out how much work my body can handle. This is the best way to prepare for my real start to the season, which is the one on grass.
I think playing matches is important for me, and the season on clay comes before the one on grass.” Speaking in detail of the two matches played in Doha by Federer, it is impossible not to dwell on one of the shots that the Swiss player plays most easily, namely the serve.
Former Swiss player Marc Rosset recently spoke about his countryman Roger Federer’s comeback this year. Rosset claimed that Federer might not be ready to play at a high level yet, but insisted that 39-year-old should play a few matches on clay to get some match practice ahead of Wimbledon.
Roger Federer is eyeing a winning return to Wimbledon this year
Roger Federer has been thwarted repeatedly by Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon in recent years, losing finals to the Serb in 2014, 2015 and 2019. And Marc Rosset suggested that Federer can prepare for his inevitable grasscourt meetings with Djokovic – and others in the top 10 – by playing them on clay.
“If he also wants to win Wimbledon, he will necessarily have to beat Djokovic, Nadal or other players who are in the top 10,” Rosset said. “And to meet them, he will have to play these players in the Masters 1000 on clay or at Roland Garros.”
Roger Federer first sat out of the clay season back in 2016, as he withdrew from the French Open that year. Federer would subsequently miss Roland Garros the next two years too, while also skipping the Masters tournaments on dirt.