Former World No.1 Roger Federer has begun to hit the ball on Qatar’s hardcourt ahead of his comeback. In the middle of the training session, the Swiss Maestro has expressed his admiration for his greatest rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
The 39-years-old from Basel has not played competitive level tennis since the Australian Open 2020 due to a right knee injury and a global pandemic. However, he is now excited about playing his first match at the Qatar Open 2021, which begins on the 8th of this month.
“My Own Game, My Own Health Over The Record”: Federer
During his 13 months absence, Federer’s rivals Spaniard and Serbian have come closer to suppress his records. Nadal tied Roger’s Grand Slam record tally of 20 titles when he won his 13th crown at the French Open.
On the other hand, Djokovic lifted two Australian Open titles. And Serb is on the way to breaking Federer’s record for the most weeks(310) spent at the top of the ATP ranking board.
“What Novak and Rafa have done, as of late, is extraordinary,” said Federer, who has 103 ATP Tour titles under his belt.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion continued, “They are not 25 either. They are able to back it up. Novak did it again in Australia, and Rafa again did it at Roland Garros. They seem (to be) at their peak, which is great for tennis, and it is great for the debate. My concern is more (on) my own game, my own health over the record, to be honest.”
“The Guys(Nadal and Djokovic) Are Unreal”, says Roger Federer
For the first member in the Big 3, Federer broke Pete Sampras’s Grand Slam record(14 titles) in 2009. Later, Swiss steered past American in the most weeks(286) top of the ATP ranking list in 2012.
“I think for them. Maybe this is bigger than for me at this moment because, for me, it was very important the closer I was getting to Pete Sampras’ record… Once you have it, you try to do your best, and that is what I tried to do. But for them, maybe I am the measuring stick like Pete was for me,” Roger Federer added.
“I am in a different situation but sure. You like to keep every record. But all the records are there to be broken. The guys are unreal. We all know that. I hope they keep ongoing. I hope they can do everything they possibly want and that they look back with no regrets… We want to leave the game with no regrets, and I think, from that standpoint, we all sleep very well at night,” he concluded.