ROGER FEDERER loses in Doha

Roger Federer: ‘I’m not coming back to play second rounds in the middle of nowhere’

Roger Federer says his standards are the same as they ever were following his longest ever absence from tennis.

Federer has only played two matches in 14 months after requiring double knee-surgery last February.

He returned in Doha this month, but then quickly withdrew from both Dubai and Miami to return home for a pre-clay season ‘training block.’

However, he says he still expects himself to be competing for the biggest titles when he is back up to a full schedule.

“I want to win big tournaments and beat the best players in the world,” Roger Federer told Numero Magazine.

“I’m not coming back to play second rounds in the middle of nowhere. I feel like I know what I have to do to get there. It’s part dream and part logic, it’s a logical dream.

“I’m working very hard even though I don’t talk about it much. I hope people understand how hard I work, otherwise I wouldn’t have made it this far.

“I’ve never stopped playing for as long as I did after the double knee operation in 2020. Inactivity is difficult.”

Michael Graham, Editor, has been a professional sports journalist for his whole career and is especially passionate about tennis. He's been the Editor of for over 5 years and loves watching live tennis by visiting as many tournaments as possible. Michael specialises in writing in-depth features about the ATP & WTA tours.