‘Having been one year off Roger Federer was a little bit…’, says former Top 10

After a long wait Roger Federer returned to tennis last week. The Swiss champion was absent from the semifinal of the Australian Open 2020, he had just returned from a double surgery that forced him to stay several months (over a year) out of the ATP circuit and so everyone was curious to understand in what conditions he would present himself at the ATP tournament in Doha. The Doha tournament brought good results with regards to Federer’s conditions, who played two long matches and showed good condition. Obviously it will take time to try and get back to the old glories but Roger has given a little taste of his talent to all tennis fans. In the first match Roger Federer beat the British (and friend) Daniel Evans after an intense battle, an opponent far from simple, who committed Federer to the Swiss who only closed 7-5 in the third set. Roger was instead eliminated from the tournament by Georgian tennis player Nikoloz Basilashvili. After winning the first set quite easily Federer dropped and clearly gave up the second set. The third and decisive set saw a very close match again with Federer who had a match point at 5-4 and 30-40 with an opponent’s serve, but was unable to take advantage of it. In the next game Basilashvili won the break and then closed the match 7-5. In the continuation of the tournament the Georgian made famous victims such as Fritz and Bautista and thus won the Saudi title. Kei Nishikori recently spoke about Roger Federer’s comeback to the tour from a year-long layoff. During the press conference after his win over Reilly Opelka in the first round of the Dubai Open, Nishikori was eloquent in his praise of Federer, claiming that the Swiss maestro was “a monster” but in a good way.

Nishikori pays tribute to Roger Federer

“Roger Federer is a monster in a good way,” Kei Nishikori said. “He played two solid matches, that was unexpected. He played a pretty good game. Of course, having been one year off he was a little bit off, you know. But he still played great. Not everybody could do that.” Kei Nishikori also revealed that he would like to play Roger Federer again, before insisting that the Swiss was still capable of challenging for Slam titles. “Hopefully he can come back strong and hope we can play couple matches, you know, on the courts,” the Japanese said. “I always enjoyed playing against him and I’m sure he can come back winning Slams again.” Back in 2017 Federer proved all his critics wrong as he overcame a knee surgery to win the Australian Open and Wimbledon. The Swiss even made a return to the No. 1 position in the ATP rankings a year later, thereby becoming the oldest World No. 1 in the Open era.