It was certainly a long rehabilitation time since he played his last match at Wimbledon semifinals, losing in a physically challenging match to Milos Raonic, and from pulling out of Rio Olympics, all this was no less of a nightmare for his fans. We were so used to see him on court, that his absence made us realize how much big part of tennis this gentleman is.
After staying out of the game for 6 months, Federer chose Hopman Cup to make his comeback. A kind of tournament that is played with a friendly spirit but is equally competitive too as you see players fighting for their country.
Federer played alongside young Swiss hope, Belinda Bencic. Though Switzerland lost in the semi-finals, Federer still got to play a total of 6 matches, viz. 3 Singles and 3 Mixed Doubles; including his loss to Alexander Zverev, the 19 year old from German, in 3 tie breaks. Federer showed his little vintage form in the matches against Richard Gasquet and it would be too soon to comment, if Federer is back in form or not, or if he is completely fit to bear the physical stress of long matches and many more to add to the high level experience of the game.
But what can be inferred from Hopman Cup is that this man has got huge love for Tennis, which comes out every times he walks into the court. And what we loved in those 6 matches was that he had played with a smiling face, which exhibited the conviction to play the game for further more years to come.
So, yes, Roger! we want to see more of you and the first slam is going to bring out that from within you, definitely.
Federer is seeded 17th this year and is probable to face Tomas Berdych in third round and, the world No.1, Andy Murray in the quarter-finals. The competition is going to get tough for Federer with every match but we’re pretty sure he will prevail over all.
Wishing all the luck to great man himself who is starting his campaign at Australian Open tomorrow against the qualifier Jurgen Melzer.
Let’s welcome Federer and the happy slam!