In mid-March, Roger Federer made his highly anticipated come back to Doha, ending a year of hiatus. The Swiss champion folded Dan Evans in three sets in the second round, before surrendering to Nikoloz Basilashvili in the quarterfinals, also wasting a match point in the decisive set.
Despite having shown his infinite class, the 39-years-old from Basel highlighted some gaps in terms of physical strength. This is how he explains his decision to return to training by giving up the tournaments in Dubai and Miami.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion had announced he would take part in a few red tournaments ahead of Wimbledon, but at the moment it is unclear what his exact schedule will be. The former world number 1 does not appear in the entry list of the first Major event on earth, the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo, staged in April with numerous big names at the start (Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic should return to the Principality) .
In a long interview granted to the French magazine Numéro Homme, King Roger revealed the details of his come back to the court.
Federer: "It's a dream dictated by logic"
"I didn't come back to play any second round in the middle of nowhere," said the eight-times Wimbledon champion.
"My goal is to win the big tournaments and beat the best in the world. I still think I know how to do it. Obviously it is also a dream at my age, but a dream dictated by logic. I'm working very hard, even though I don't like to flaunt what I do.
I hope people realize how hard you work, otherwise I would never have gotten this far," added Federer, who also targeted the Tokyo Olympics this summer. Despite almost two years having passed, Roger is still haunted by the prank at Wimbledon in 2019.
"Fans still ask me about that defeat, I wonder if they have other things to think about. In a certain sense, however, I understand them," he commented. The hegemony of the legendary world tennis trio is impressive and is exemplified in a resounding fact: at least one of them, the Serb, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, has been present in 64 of the last 70 Slam finals.
We have to recall that this hegemony lasting since the Swiss reached Wimbledon final in 2003. Almost 18 years of practically indisputable dominance have passed, and in this time only eight players have managed to snatch one of the twelve titles that the big three have missed.
With Djokovic's victory against the Russian, they reach 58 Slams between them (20 Nadal and Federer and 18 Djokovic). Roddick, Gaudio, Safín, Del Potro, Murray (3), Wawrinka (3), Cilic and Thiem (1), the latter last year at the US Open.