March 10, 2021 was a very important day for all tennis fans. The Swiss champion, or rather the legend of the sport Roger Federer, has made his return to the field after an absence of about 13 months. The Swiss tennis player only played in the Australian Open in 2020, a tournament that saw him surrender in the semifinals and missed the rest of the season due to a double knee surgery.
The Pandemic, the postponement or cancellation of various tournaments did the rest, thus slowing down the return to the field of the twenty-time Grand Slam winner. Roger Federer made his return to the ATP tournament in Doha where he defeated the British Daniel Evans after an intense match, beaten in three sets.
The Swiss then had to wait in the quarter-finals against Nikoloz Basilashvili, a tennis player who then won the tournament, surprisingly enough. During this match the Georgian also canceled a match point, on his service, to the Swiss champion.
After this tournament Roger Federer announced his forfeit at the Dubai tournament and reported that his seasonal goal is the grass season. In the course of an interview with the French magazine Numero Homme, the Swiss champion talked about his rehabilitation and how he experienced everything during this period.
Here are his words: "Netflix? No, to be honest I have never fallen into addiction to TV series. I spent the time playing with my children and my wife and we talked, too, about the most important decisions regarding tennis.
I was happy to dedicate myself to our home, family and garden. It was a complicated year, both due to the Lockdown and knee problems, we spent weeks doing nothing and respecting the rules of social distancing. It was nice to spend all this time in my country, I usually stayed in Switzerland for a maximum of 3 months a year and only in 2016 did I experience a similar situation " Federer left his home at the age of 14 to move to the Switzerland of opportunities, to track better results and coaches in terms of sport.
Remembering those days Roger said: "It was very difficult, mainly because of the language. I was very homesick."
With 20 triumphs, Roger Federer, along with Rafael Nadal, he is the most successful player in the history of men's tennis in Grand Slam tournaments.
In 2009 with the victory in Roland Garros he completed the Career Grand Slam. In 2017, by beating Marin Cilic in the final, he became the only man to have won Wimbledon eight times, the oldest and most prestigious tournament in the world.
On 28 January 2018, by winning his twentieth Grand Slam, he marks one of the most significant feats in the history of sport. From that date to 27 January 2019, he is the only player in history to simultaneously hold the record for trophies won in two different Grand Slam events (8 titles at Wimbledon, absolute record and 6 Australian Open, ex aequo with Djokovic and Emerson).
He is the tennis player who has won the ATP Finals several times (6) (obtaining the highest number of participations in the final, 10) and who has won the most titles both on hard (67) and on grass (19). In 2014, winning the decisive singles match against the French Richard Gasquet, he led the Swiss team to win their first Davis Cup.
At the Olympics he won two medals: at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing he won gold in the double together with compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka, while in London 2012 he won silver in the singles by losing in the final at Wimbledon to Andy Murray.
With 54 successes he is, behind Novak Djokovic (59) and Rafael Nadal (56), in third place in the ranking of the winners of the so-called Big Titles, namely the Grand Slam tournaments, the Masters 1000, the ATP Finals and the Olympics.
With a prize pool of around 130 million dollars, he is the second player in history in the ranking of career earnings, preceded by Djokovic.