‘If Roger Federer is playing, that means…’, says top coach

A beautiful edition of the Australian Open has recently ended, with the victory of Nole Djokovic over Daniil Medvedev in the final, the explosion of some interesting surprises, such as the achievement of the semifinals by Aslan Karatsev, and the dispute of some matches from remember, like Tsitsipas’ quarter-final victory over Nadal. It was a great tournament and yet before, during and after we all thought at least once: “But he’s not there, is he?”. That he can only be him, the tennis player who will be surpassed in everything by champions of the present and the future, but who continues to make us watch tennis in the hope of seeing him once again hitting the ball with his backhand. That he is Roger Federer and luckily he is about to return. He communicated it with a post on Instagram. He sweaty and happy, leaning on the net, showing how the exhaustion of the 40 years who will arrive mercilessly on August 8 leaves no way out, but also with the smile of someone who is about to go back to doing what everyone wants, playing tennis. He will return to the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha, where the Qatar ExxonMobil Open will be held from 8 March. Federer’s smile says a lot. His last official match was on January 30, 2020, when he lost in the semi-final of the Australian Open to Djokovic, who later won the title. At that time there was talk of this virus that was killing people in Wuhan, some thought it was good to be careful because a virus can always spread its range quickly, but after all we all thought that the world had continued to turn as it had always done, and the Chinese who remained under it were poor. Novak Djokovic’s coach Goran Ivanisevic recently claimed he will never write off Roger Federer, despite the fact that the Swiss has been struggling physically for a while now. In an interview with Tennis Majors, Goran Ivanisevic asserted that Roger Federer’s comeback is a signal in itself that the Swiss is ready to be back on the tour.

Ivanisevic on Roger Federer’s return

“I have played against Roger Federer and I have coached against Roger Federer,” Goran Ivanisevic said. “One thing I have learned is that you should never write him off, so I won’t do it now. He is always dangerous, particularly at Wimbledon and to a lesser extent at the US Open,” the Croat added. “If he is playing, that means that he is ready and when he is ready, he is an extremely difficult opponent to have.”

Federer returns to the tennis circuit in Doha next week after a one-year hiatus

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