After about 13 months of absence, Roger Federer made his official return to the ATP circuit a few weeks ago. He has returned to Doha, where he has shown, at the age of 40, that he is still in good condition and can fight with the best on the circuit. The Swiss champion, winner of 20 Grand Slam titles, played in his first match against the British Daniel Evans, a tennis player who had accompanied him in training weeks earlier. Roger won the match after three hard-fought sets, won the first set, lost in the second set and then lost the third and final set, leaving Federer with the pass to the Quarterfinals. Federer has instead succumbed in the second match, losing in three sets and after a great battle against Georgian tennis player Nikoloz Basilashvili. In that match Roger had a match point at 5-4 and serve for the opponent, canceled well by Nikoloz who, then, surprisingly, won the tournament quite surprisingly. In this 2021 it seems likely that Federer will return for a Masters 1000 on clay (it seems a tournament between Rome and Madrid) and Roland Garros but his priorities for this year are the Wimbledon tournament and the Tokyo 2021 Olympic games. This week’s ranking was released today which saw Alexander Zverev overtake Roger Federer in the standings with the Swiss who lost 500 (of the 1000 overall) points in the circuit due to the loss of part of the points of the Miami Open won two years ago (this year the Swiss did not participate in the Masters 1000 which is held in Florida). In recent weeks the German had argued for how the ranking was structured and for the fact that he was behind Federer despite the absence of the Swiss in recent months. At this moment Federer is now the new number 7 in the world, as he plays fewer and fewer tournaments and with a half-frozen ranking, a drop in the coming weeks is possible. But is it similarly frenetic back home in Switzerland? Not nearly as much, said the champion in an interview with Swiss-German daily Aargauer Zeitung.
Federer returned to competitive action at ATP Doha
“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.