Roger Federer: ‘I will go to the World Cup when I am retired’

Roger Federer has just returned to competitive activity, after more than a year of absence, participating in the Doha tournament. A competition that saw him defeated in the quarter-finals against Basilashvili: “It was fantastic to return to the ATP Tour, I loved every minute of the game in Doha. A big thank you to the team, the best and most loyal in the world, who helped get here.” The Swiss has now announced that he will not be in Dubai, giving the communication through his social channels: “I have decided that it is better to go back to training and, consequently, I have decided to withdraw from the Dubai tournament next week”. During the interaction with the Arab sports channel, Roger Federer was asked about the possibility of attending the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Although he is a big football fan (and an avid supporter of his home team FC Basel in particular), Federer replied that he wasn’t sure about attending the event as it would interrupt his tennis tour activity.

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“I’ve never been to a World Cup,” Roger Federer said. “It usually takes place between French Open and Wimbledon, and Wimbledon has always been so important to me.” Roger Federer is probably unaware that in order to account for Qatar’s weather, the 2022 edition of the FIFA World Cup is scheduled to be held in November-December instead of the customary June-July window. “I will go to the World Cup when I am retired,” Federer added, giving another hint that he’s not planning on retiring any time soon. Losing a match after having match points is one of the burdensome ways to see a defeat. That’s also how Roger Federer ended his Qatar Open campaign in the quarterfinals this year. After a sensational comeback win in his first match, the Swiss maestro played flawlessly, even against Nikoloz Basilashvili. But following the first set, he kept dropping his strength level. However, the 39-year-old picked himself up in the decider set and gained a match point for the semifinals’ seat. Yet, as fate would have it, the 20-time Grand Slam champion could not convert that point into victory. Surprisingly, such a scenario has come the Basel-born player’s way on numerous occasions. The number of times he has lost after scrapping a match point is three times more than Rafael Nadal and eight times more than Novak Djokovic. Over two decades, Roger Federer has lost a match 24 times with a match point in hand. It includes three finals, seven semifinals, and so on.

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