Qatar Open: Roger Federer pain-free forward of return from damage, says retirement ‘was by no means on the playing cards’

Qatar Open: Roger Federer pain-free forward of return from damage, says retirement ‘was by no means on the playing cards’

The 39-year-old hasn’t performed a match since a semi-final defeat to Novak Djokovic on the Australian Open in January 2020 and acknowledged it was uncommon for a participant of his age to return after damage.

Qatar Open: Roger Federer pain-free ahead of return from injury, says retirement 'was never on the cards'

File picture of Roger Federer. AP

Doha: Roger Federer stated retirement was by no means actually an possibility throughout his battle with damage, insisting on Sunday the ache was “utterly underneath management” forward of his return to aggressive tennis at this week’s Qatar Open.

The 39-year-old hasn’t performed a match since a semi-final defeat to Novak Djokovic on the Australian Open in January 2020 and acknowledged it was uncommon for a participant of his age to return after damage.

“I do know it is on the uncommon aspect for a 40-year-old to return again after a yr out,” he stated at a media briefing within the Qatari capital Doha.

“The vital factor is I am pain-free and injury-free. I am very completely satisfied to be again enjoying a event — I by no means thought it was going to take this lengthy.”

On his rivalry with Rafael Nadal and Djokovic, who this week overtakes his file of 310 weeks as world primary in males’s tennis, Federer stated “it is an awesome debate to have”.

“I believe what Novak and Rafa have executed of late is extraordinary — they are not 25 both,” he stated with a smile.

“Novak did it in Australia, Rafa did it at The French — they appear at their peak which is nice for tennis and for the controversy.

“My concern is my very own well being, my very own sport (extra) than the file.

“The blokes are unreal, I hope they carry on going and may do every part they probably need — you need to go away the sport with no regrets, and in that respect all of us sleep very nicely at night time.”

Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam title winner, stated that whereas “expectations are actually low” for his marketing campaign in Qatar, he hoped to shock himself.

“Clearly I am assured in any other case I would not put myself on this scenario,” he stated forward of his first fixture which can be on both Tuesday or Wednesday.

“In a imaginative and prescient I see myself with the trophy,” he added laughing.

Federer stated that the issues that adopted his knee surgical procedure motivated him to get again in type.

“What I knew is no matter whether or not I got here again or not, for my life I needed to do that rehab anyhow,” he stated.

“I really feel there’s nonetheless one thing — retirement was by no means actually on the playing cards. I do not thoughts doing rehab.”

Wanting forward, Federer stated that he hoped to be again to “100%” for Wimbledon in June however had not taken selections on tournaments earlier than then or the Olympics.

“It is nonetheless constructing as much as being fitter, higher, quicker,” he stated.

“I will see about Dubai… then we’ll see in regards to the clay-court season.”

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