The Swiss star returned after over 13 months away because of injury
Fans weren’t the lone ones with their eyes on Roger Federer’s return this week. Players gave cautious consideration, as well.
The 103-time visit level hero lost in the quarter-finals of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open on Thursday evening, however his associates are glad to have him back on the ATP Tour, win or lose.
Stefanos Tsitsipas is attempting to win his third continuous Open 13 Provence title in Marseille. Albeit the Greek star is focussed on his quest for a three-peat at the ATP 250, he delighted in seeing Federer back in real life this week.
“He played well, despite the fact that he lost,” Tsitsipas said. “I think for him it’s critical to get a couple of more matches. In the long run I feel like he will financially recover and discover his direction, finish. It simply takes a couple of matches more, yet I’m truly glad for him that he’s back. It carries euphoria to the tennis local area, yet to the tennis players, as well.”
Tsitsipas was five when Federer arrived at the highest point of the FedEx ATP Rankings without precedent for February 2004. The 22-year-old takes inspiration from seeing the Swiss star actually contending at 39.
“Roger is likewise a wellspring of motivation,” Tsitsipas said. “I think it helps likewise with numerous parts of my game. It’s decent seeing him play so I can sort of think about, despite the fact that I’ll always be unable to arrive at his level. Yet, I actually feel it’s something that I can turn upward to and respect, which is truly decent.”
Holger Rune, the 17-year-old junior World No. 1 who is into the quarter-finals in Santiago, watched the Swiss during his own breakout week.
“I truly appreciate watching Roger on the grounds that he’s so exquisite on the court. I love his forehand and his net methodology,” Rune said. “Despite the fact that my mother said, ‘Don’t watch tennis before your match’, I couldn’t [do that]. It was his first match following 14 months, so I needed to watch!”
On the opposite side of the world, at the Chile Dove Men+Care Open in Santiago, the players gave close consideration to Federer’s return.