After holding it for almost ten years, Roger Federer lost the ultimate ranking record to Novak Djokovic a couple of weeks ago. The Serb passed the Swiss after reaching his 311th week as world no. 1, leaving Roger on 310 and setting the record that will take some beating in the decades to come. Marion Bartoli believes that Roger will try to add more Major trophies to his tally and defend himself against Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, although not at any cost! Roger stayed away from the court for 13 months, struggling with a knee injury and undergoing two surgeries in February and May last year.
The 20-time Major winner returned to the practice court in October and worked hard on his game, improving his physical shape as he had to start from zero after the second surgery. Federer couldn’t play at the Australian Open in February, spending more time on the practice court at home in Switzerland and Dubai and making a long-awaited return in Doha in March.
Marion Bartoli spoke about Roger Federer.
In his first match since January 30, 2020, Roger prevailed over Daniel Evans in three sets to reach the quarter-final. Battling for the place in the last four, Roger wasted a match point in a tight 3-6, 6-1, 7-5 loss to Nikoloz Basilashvili. The Swiss decided to skip Dubai and spend more time on the practice court in the desert, thinking about his next moves and what tournaments he would play on clay this spring.
“Roger has already lost the record for most weeks as world no. 1 to Novak Djokovic, and I don’t think he wants to lose all of his records. Still, I don’t think he wants to put his body on the line for just one record either. He has accomplished enough. Roger has hardly ever made a wrong decision in his career. Living here in Dubai, I know, it’s really hot; if he can train outside for a month, he’s going to be good in the rest of the season. On clay, you need physical fitness to play long matches. Clay will be the perfect way for him to get his muscles back to work. His time there will help him in match situations,” Marion Bartoli said.