“Few Defeats Would Not Change That”: Tennis Legend Claims Roger Federer Will Keep His Legend Status

Published 03/06/2021, 2:30 PM EST
Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates winning his singles match against Cameron Norrie of Great Britain during day two of the 2019 Hopman Cup at RAC Arena in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)


The tennis world is waiting for the 8th of March, the day Roger Federer returns. However, the Swiss maestro has overcome a perfect storm to reach here. For this reason, many people from inside tennis have raised concerns about his position.

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Notably, the 39-year-old has not played a competitive tennis match in more than 13 months. Moreover, Federer underwent two knee surgeries last year that put him out for the entire season.

Conversely, there is no denying that the 20-time Grand Slam champion did his best to recover fully. Also, he is not someone who will risk his health for the sake of anything.

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But considering his level in the sport, is it putting everything on stakes? The retired German professional, Rainer Schuttler, disagreed completely.

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What can be the challenges for Federer in Doha?

The comeback story began at the Australian Open 2021, where Roger Federer withdrew due to not being 100%. Later on, when he confirmed his participation in Qatar Open 2021, tennis fans reached cloud nine.

Roger Federer of Switzerland looks on during his Men’s Singles Semifinal match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day eleven of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 30, 2020, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Provided that, the challenges are graver than ever for the Basel-born. Firstly, he has not played in any tournament under quarantine conditions; secondly, most of his opponents are a decade younger.

Furthermore, the competency of his feet is most concerning. But, when the Swiss maestro is himself confident to play, it is as much surety as one can get.

Concerning his image as a legend, the 2003 Australian Open finalist Rainer claimed, it will be unaffected.

“What Roger has achieved and achieved in his career will always remain outstanding,” Schuttler said. “He has broken so many records and won tournaments that even a few defeats would not change that.”

Federer will already be in Doha, excited to take on the court this coming Monday. Even the entry list will be quite challenging for the ‘King’.

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Who will Roger Federer face in Qatar Open 2021?

The reigning US Open champion Dominic Thiem is the top seed, with Federer as the second. In the third position, the defending champion of the event, Andrey Rublev, stands.

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Dominic Thiem of Austria celebrates his 7-5 7-5 over Roger Federer of Switzerland during Day one of the Nitto ATP Finals at The O2 Arena on November 10, 2019, in London, England. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

Besides them, Roger’s compatriot and three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka will play in the event. Additionally, Denis Shapovalov, Roberto Bautista-Agut, David Goffin, and Borna Coric are also seeded.

To sum up, watching Federer play in Doha will be a treat beyond words. Hopefully, from here on, he will play the entire 2021 season. Best of luck, Roger!

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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