After a very long wait, finally the tennis champion, the Swiss Roger Federer makes his return to the ATP Tour. After 14 months of absence, the Swiss Maestro restarts from the Doha tournament, the Qatar Open 2021 where after the Bye of the first round he suffered an insidious obstacle for his return to the court.
Roger Federer will in fact challenge the winner of the match between the Briton Daniel Evans and the Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, two top 100 and prominent opponents on hard-court. Federer has been absent from the circuit since last year's Australian Open semifinals when, already struggling with physical problems, he was defeated by world number one Novak Djokovic.
Everyone expected his return to Australia, but in the end the twenty-time Grand Slam champion decided to return to the Qatar Open 2021, which begins next week.
An insidious draw for Federer
In his first tournament of 2021 Roger Federer will have a far from simple draw.
After this second round, in fact, Federer is probably waiting for Borna Coric or at most probably the Australian Millman. For all fans it would be very nice to see a generational clash, a clash in the semifinal between Roger Federer and the Canadian talent Denis Shapovalov.
On the other side of the board the number one seeded is the Austrian Dominic Thiem who in the eventual semifinal could challenge the Russian Andrey Rublev, the latter who should challenge the winner between the French Richard Gasquet and a qualifier.
Curious clash possibly in the second round for the number 4 in the world who could challenge the semifinalist of the last Australian Open, the Russian Arslan Karatsev. The only Italian on the board is the blue Lorenzo Sonego who will challenge the American Taylor Fritz in an interesting and complicated match.
In case of victory there is the winner between the Belgian David Goffin and the Serbian tennis player Filip Krajinovic. Here is the main draw:
The Swiss can't wait to play his first game of 2021 and on social media he uploaded all his fans by posting a photo full of hope and happiness.
Full main draw for #QatarExxonMobilOpen2021 #QatarTennis is out, Stan will meet a qualifier in his first round ???? #Doha #GoodLuckStan #GoStan #Allez #StanTheMan #Wawrinka pic.twitter.com/prDBUBnDTJ — Christina ?? (@chda7777) March 6, 2021
Federer has in fact posted an image of him smiling on a tennis court and it is written: "The countdown to Doha begins. Only one week left." One of Federer's biggest fans is Rod Laver, who in a recent interview wanted to talk about him on the GOAT issue.
"Personally, I believe that Roger Federer is the iconic face of this era. I am not referring only to the records, but also to his impact, which helped to identify him as the best tennis player of all times. When I had the chance to speak with him last year, he told me that he would definitely play until he was 40 and more or less we got there.
Unfortunately, his knee has been giving him some trouble in the past few months. He has undergone a double intervention, we hope he will come back as strong as before. I think he has nothing more to say at Roland Garros, while at Wimbledon and the US Open he may still be a candidate for victory.
I don't think Roger is done winning tournaments. Djokovic and Nadal certainly have more time than Roger, so their numbers could be higher than Federer's at the end of their career. Djokovic is certainly on the right track, but also Nadal, who has Roland Garros on his side, where he has shown an unparalleled consistency."