“It’s Exceptional After Two Knee Operations”: Richard Gasquet Hails Roger Federer Ahead of His Comeback at Qatar Open 2021

Published 03/09/2021, 2:00 AM 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)


After being sidelined from the ATP Tour for over a year, Roger Federer is making his return this week at Qatar Open. The Swiss Maestro has finally recovered from 2 knee surgeries and is ready to compete once more.

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French tennis star Richard Gasquet is delighted to see Roger returning. He is also amazed to see that he’s able to make a comeback at 39 years old.

“It’s fabulous that he’s coming back, unbelievable, at over 39. It’s exceptional after two knee operations. I’m happy he’s coming back, he’s the biggest one today. It’s great that he can still play and we’ll see what happens. It’s fabulous because it’s just Federer,” he said.

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Roger Federer of Switzerland gestures to the spectators before hitting signed tennis balls into the stands. It was during day two of the 2019 Hopman Cup at RAC Arena in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Roger Federer Longevity

One of the qualities of Federer that has left fans in awe is his longevity. Even though he was over 35 years old, he was able to win a Slam and also remain in the Top 3 of the rankings. Richard Gasquet also admires this longevity as he said,

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“What impresses me is the longevity, the career and the physical impacts he has had. With all the matches he has played he is still there! was able to win a Grand Slam at over 37. He will be 40 in August it’s impressive. The enthusiasm he has is not something that makes me want, what is incredible is the longevity and this physique.”

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a forehand in his third round match against Taylor Fritz of the United States during day five of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Due to his extremely long break from tennis, Federer has dropped to World No. 6 in the rankings. He will be looking to improve that and a win in Qatar will help him get back into the Top 5. It will be very tough as it is his first tournament in a while but no one can count him out of doing so.

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