‘Roger Federer takes risks and mixes up the variants more’, says former ATP ace

When the draw of the ATP 250 in Doha, very few of the fans of the world of tennis would have imagined a victory of the tournament of the Georgian tennis player Nikoloz Basilashvili. He deserved this success and after a difficult period he returned to win and show his best tennis: Thiem, Rublev, Bautista and Roger Federer himself, returning to the circuit after almost fourteen months of absence, were considered the favorites of the tournament but no one would have expected this unexpected exploit. In the quarter-finals Basilashvili beat twenty-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer in three sets after about two and a half hours of battle. A hard-fought challenge that saw the Swiss in control in the first set and a great reaction from the Georgian who dominated the second set. In the third set it went up to 5-4 with Federer having a match point on the opponent’s serve, well canceled by Nikoloz. In the next game on 5 all Federer lost his serve and Basilashvili closed the practice and qualified for the next round. Roger Federer returned to the circuit after a year, a month and eleven days and many were curious to understand how the Swiss tennis player would approach the ATP circuit again. From the first match against Evans Federer he appeared in good condition and showed shots of his talent. Especially in the second match against Basilashvili he suffered a lot and especially in the second set he dropped enough despite several chances available. However, Basilashvili’s numbers in Doha also reassure Roger Federer’s fans with the Georgian who won both the semifinal and the final without losing a set and dominating opponents on paper favorites such as the American Taylor Fritz and the Spaniard Roberto Bautista, star performer in this tournament and winner over opponents such as Dominic Thiem and Andrey Rublev, considered at the beginning as the main favorites of the tournament. At the same time Roger Federer announced that he will not participate in the Dubai ATP tournament and all tennis fans are waiting to know what his next stop on the calendar will be. In a recent interview with Tennis Magazin, former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek recalled his experience of returning Roger Federer’s serve during his playing days, at the 2000 Vienna Open and 2002 Ordina Open. Krajicek lost both his matches against the Swiss maestro in straightforward fashion.

Krajicek pays tribute to Roger Federer

“I played against Roger Federer twice before,” Richard Krajicek said. “He wasn’t that good at that time, but still won both times! Roger doesn’t have the hardest serve. But his precision makes his serve the best in the world. He hits a lot of aces. If he had a break point against him two or three years ago or it was under pressure, then his serve almost always came in the center,” the Dutchman added. “You can no longer rely on that. In the meantime, he also plays more risk-taking, mixing up the variants more.” At the end of the interview, Richard Krajicek was asked which ATP player had a lot of untapped potential on their serve. The Dutchman named Dominic Thiem, particularly for his famed kick serve. “I think Dominic Thiem is really good,” Krajicek said. “His kick serve is particularly strong. In my opinion, he has the best serve of the not-so-tall players.”