“He’s a Genius”: Simona Halep Reveals Admiration for Roger Federer After His Comeback

Published 03/19/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
Roger Federer celebrates victory during his mens singles first round match against Lorenzo Sonego of Italy during Day one of the 2019 French Open at Roland Garros on in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


Fans welcomed Roger Federer with open hands when he made a comeback at the Qatar Open 2021. He played a professional tennis match after 13 months, and it was a moment to cherish for the entire tennis fraternity. Even though he couldn’t win the tournament, he gave glimpses of some exceptional gameplay on the court.

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Roger Federer will be 40 soon, and it’ll become really challenging for him to compete with players who are almost half of his age. However, one of his biggest admirers and World No. 3 Simona Halep believes that Federer can still play for a while.

“I’ve always admired Federer, he’s a genius from my point of view. I think he will play for a while, it is clear that he does it with passion,” said Halep in a recent interview.

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(Quotes translated by Google Translate)

Roger Federer during a match against Rafael Nadal at Cape Town Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Halep claimed that if Federer has said that he will play at Wimbledon 2021 and at the Tokyo Olympics, he will surely do so. She also remarked that even though the Swiss maestro is not fully fit, he would recover very soon.

“I don’t know how much he will be able to physically, the wear and tear is felt after so many years. But if he says he will play at Wimbledon and the Olympics, so be it,” added the 2-time Grand Slam champion.

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Halep makes a comparison between the careers of Roger Federer and Nadal

Halep explained that Federer hadn’t gone through as many injuries in his career as Rafael Nadal. “Federer did not have so many injuries because tennis is easy for him. Nadal has a greater game of wear and that is why he was more prone to injuries,” concluded the Romanian player.

Roger Federer of Switzerland shakes hands with Rafael Nadal of Spain after defeating him at Wimbledon. The All England Lawn and Tennis Club at Wimbledon on July 12, 2019, in London, England. (Photo by Simon Bruty/Anychance/Getty Images)

As of now, both Nadal and Federer will miss the upcoming Miami Open 2021 due to injuries. However, fans will hope that they both recover by the time the clay-court season arrives so that they get to witness more ‘Fedal’ matches. Who will reach the 21st Grand Slam title sooner – Federer or Nadal?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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