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. There’s a flip side to being one of the leading sports celebrities and Roger Federer knows it all too well. While the 20-time Grand Slam champion enjoys an enviable following on social media, he is inevitably mobbed for selfies and autographs during tournaments, though not as much in the new normal of social distancing!
Federer is eyeing a triumphant return to Wimbledon
“No two days are the same, that is clear. We are spontaneous and do what other families do,” the six-time Australian Open champion said. Roger Federer added that the quiet, laidback way of living back home lets him step out with his kids into the woods or to a nearby park or playground on weekends. “Fortunately, it’s easy in Switzerland…for example, I went to the forest with my children and went to the park the day before. Or we go to the playground,” said the Swiss, who also has eight Wimbledon titles to his credit. Roger Federer, who has played only one event since last year’s Australian Open due to a knee injury, has dropped to No. 7 in the latest ATP rankings. The last time Federer was ranked No. 7 or below was the week of 25 February 2019. After the Miami Open Alexander Zverev has moved up one spot to No. 6 in the rankings, which were released by the ATP tour on Monday. The swap between the two players is the only change in the top 10 rankings this week, which continues to be led by Novak Djokovic.