“Great to See Him Play Again”: Stan Wawrinka Opens Up on Roger Federer’ Comeback at Qatar Open 2021

Published 03/08/2021, 4:12 AM EST
LILLE, FRANCE – NOVEMBER 20: Roger Federer of Switzerland talks with Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland at the draw during previews for the Davis Cup Tennis Final between France and Switzerland at the Place du Theatre on November 20, 2014 in Lille, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)


Every eye in the tennis world is looking at Doha, where the Qatar Open 2021 will take place. Moreover, it is the tournament where Roger Federer will mark his comeback in a few days.

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Dominic Thiem, Andrey Rublev, Gael Monfils, Denis Shapovalov, and many other notable players will join the Swiss maestro in Doha. Indeed, it is the moment that every tennis fan dearly awaited.

The three-time Grand Slam champion from Switzerland, Stan Wawrinka, will also compete for the title. But before he starts his campaign, the 35-year-old revealed who he is excited to play.

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Until now, Stan has had dissatisfactory performances in 2021. Recently, he lost in the opening match at the Rotterdam Open 2021 against Russian Karen Khachanov in straight sets.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 26: Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland congratulates Roger Federer of Switzerland on winning their semifinal match on day 11 of the 2017 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 26, 2017, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

That is why the desert tour plays a vital role in his tennis calendar. In Doha, he will have the opportunity to find his confidence and to take on the entire season after that.

However, he agreed that all attention deservedly would go to the 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer. But, he is happy to see his friend, compatriot, and fellow competitor back on the courts again.

“I think everybody is looking forward to Roger playing. I mean, back after a year, it’s gonna be great to see him play again on Tour,” Wawrinka said.

Other than that, the former World No. 3 humbly responded to his desirable opponent. “I am playing the qualifier,” he smiled, “So I don’t even know who I am playing first, and the draw is already out.” Watch the entire live stream below.

Moving forward, Stan will play his opening match against South African Llyod Harris on 9th March 2021. On paper, the current World No. 20 will proceed to the next round without any argument.

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Roger Federer is already through to the second round, receiving a bye in the first. In case everything falls right on the plan, Wawrinka will meet his countryman in the Qatar Open 2021 final.

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PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 04: Roger Federer of Switzerland and Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland decide to leave the court due to poor weather in their men’s singles quarter-final match during Day ten of 2019 French Open at Roland Garros on June 04, 2019, in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

However, the primary goal for Stan will be to gain his confidence and prepare for bigger tournaments ahead. The tennis warhorse desires to give out his best before he hangs his tennis racket.

Hopefully, tennis fans will see Wawrinka in his formable form starting tomorrow. Can Wawrinka stun the world and win a Grand Slam this year?

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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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