Roger Federer: ‘My best friends in tennis? A lot of them…’

After a stop of over a year, Roger Federer will make his comeback in style at the ATP 250 in Doha. His last official appearance dates back to the Australian Open 2020, where he almost miraculously reached the semifinals by yielding to Novak Djokovic in three sets. The eight-time Wimbledon champion then underwent two surgeries on his right knee, which kept him stationary for the rest of the season, causing fear of his possible retirement. At the age of 40, the Swiss phenomenon has decided to get back into the game for the umpteenth time. Thanks to the new ranking system introduced to mitigate the effects of the pandemic, the 39-year-old from Basel remained in the very first positions, also generating some controversy. The 20-time Grand Slam champion has repeatedly stressed that his main goals will be Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, which will take place this summer due to the Coronavirus emergency. Shortly after his arrival in Doha, King Roger attended a question and answer session with his fans. The Swiss was asked who his best friends were on the tour.

Roger Federer’s troubles in 2020

The eight-time Wimbledon winner stated, “My best friends in tennis? A lot of them have retired now. I am friendly with most of the guys on the Tour. All the Swiss guys who I train the most with like Stan [Wawrinka]. I have no problems with anybody. I always considered the tennis tour as my second family” – Roger Federer said. The Swiss ace was quick to mention that most of his friends have retired. Federer and Wawrinka have played a number of matches over the years. They’ve represented Switzerland at the Olympic Games and have won a gold medal in doubles. The words might also hold true for Roger Federer and his fans over the past 13 months. The 20-time Major champion has persevered during this tough period, and now daylight is within sight as Federer is all set to make his comeback to the tour on Tuesday. The 39-year-old, who is seeded second (and has received an opening round bye) at Doha, will face one of Dan Evans or Jeremy Chardy in the second round of the 2021 Qatar Open. When Roger Federer takes the court this week, he will have ended a 405-day long break from the sport – his longest and most painful one by far. Federer wasn’t alone in his pain, of course; millions of fans shared the same emotion as their hero and, at times, perhaps even more. They knew that the Swiss’ days on tour were already numbered, so taking away an entire year was adding insult to injury.