After more than a year of absence, the Swiss champion Roger Federer made his return to the field a few weeks ago in the ATP tournament in Doha. Given the long absence, caused by an injury and some residues from the pandemic, the return to the field of the twenty-time Grand Slam title champion was not bad with the Swiss who won his first match against Daniel Evans and went out. only in the quarter-finals, losing to Nikoloz Basilashvili, a tennis player who then won the final title. Roger Federer reached his 1100th week in the Top 100 this week. He is currently in sixth place in the world rankings but this historic and long-lasting record will likely stand the test of time. Federer is absent from the Miami Masters 1000 tournament, the first of these events of the season but is working hard to be at his best in the summer where he will face his two real season goals, Wimbledon 2021 and the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games. Despite this, the Swiss announced that he will be present at at least one of the clay tournaments, in particular between those in Madrid and Rome. Federer, for the record, holds this record ahead of two other legends like André Agassi and Jimmy Connors. Former Indian tennis pros Somdev Devvarman and Mahesh Bhupathi recently talked at length about Roger Federer’s style of play, explaining why the Swiss is more unique than Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
Bhupathi praises Roger Federer’s style
“Roger Federer’s not going to end up the greatest player, but he’s the most beautiful player to come out of tennis,” Mahesh Bhupathi said. “If you compare highlight reels, then with Novak (Djokovic), he wins points he had no business winning because of his fitness. With Rafa’s highlight reels, there’s always the amazing running forehand down the line which he bends in,” Bhupathi said. “But with Federer, it’s always ridiculous half-volleys, or a half-volley backhand passes down the line, or a backhand flick cross-court. Against Dan Evans (in Doha), after 13 months, who hits a backhand down the line at match point? Only Roger.” The former doubles World No. 1 also waxed lyrical about Federer’s slice, explaining how the Swiss has got a different version of the shot for every situation. “His variety is mind-boggling,” Bhupathi continued. “His second serve is the best I have ever faced. He has the ability to hit multiple spots with the same toss and at multiple speeds. He makes people miserable with his slice. He’s got the slice to keep him in the point, the slice down the line, the short slice to bring people in. His game is premised on taking away time.”