ATP Qatar Open: Watch Roger Federer’s return to tennis live and free
The GOAT is back! After a 13-month absence from world tennis, Roger Federer makes his comeback in the Qatar Open.
The big story of the Qatar Open in Doha is the much-anticipated return of former world number one Roger Federer. The Swiss legend hasn't played since way back in the 2020 Australian Open.
The 39-year-old has finally recovered from 2 bouts of knee surgery and returns to an event he has won 3 times and boasts a 26-3 record. But it won't be easy for the 20-time grand slam winner. Also lurking in the 28-man draw are Austrian star Dominic Thiem and defending Qatar champion Andrey Rublev.
"I'm really curious to see how it's going to go," Federer told ATP Media in Doha. "There's still obviously amazing amounts of question marks surrounding my comeback .... expectations from my side are extremely low."
When is the ATP Qatar Open?
The 29th edition of this ATP tournament runs from 8–14 March and is played on a hard court. It will be held at the Khalifa International Tennis Centre in Doha.
Federer will play his opening match against Dan Evans in the second round on Wednesday, currently scheduled for 2am AEDT.
How to watch the Qatar Open
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Who is competing at the 2021 ATP Qatar Open?
Tennis legend Federer, currently ranked number six, is the headline act. He is joined by world number four Thiem and defending champion Rublev of Russia, ranked eighth. Other big names include Denis Shapovalov, Roberto Bautista-Agut, David Goffin and Stan Wawrinka, who are all just outside the top 10.
The top four players (Thiem, Federer, Rublev and Shapovalov) receive a first-round bye.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the stadium will be limiting attendance to 10% of the normal capacity (12,000). The Qatar Open belongs to the ATP 250 category and has a prize pool of US$787,930.
Who will win the Qatar Open?
We're tipping defending champion Rublev to mount a successful title defence in Doha. The young Russian is in red-hot form, reaching the quarter-finals of last month's Australian Open and then winning his eighth ATP crown at Rotterdam.
Rublev is likely to meet Thiem in the semi-final while on the other side of the draw, Shapovalov and Croatia's Borna Coric have excellent chances of making the final. Realistically, Federer is unlikely to reach the decider after such a long lay-off, but never write off a champion.
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