Yes, dear Federer fans, he’s back in business! After coming back from a set down against both Djokovic and Berdych he emerged as the winner in ATP Dubai 500. The crowd was behind him all the way of course as could be expected pretty much anywhere he goes and maybe especially so in a city where he owns a home and spends a lot of time. This was Federer‘s 6th Dubai title and his first title on the tour since Halle last year. Quite a relief!
So what could have brought on this resurgence? Well, there are a few obvious things to point to:
* His back is better.
* He has his childhood idol Stefan Edberg in his camp.
* He has a new, larger and more powerful racquet.
And as soon as he starts winning, he gains confidence and becomes a lot more dangerous, even for the likes of Novak Djokovic. I also want to add that it was extra nice to see him turning around matches. It was the first time he was able to win despite losing the first set against Djokovic and being able to come back from a set and a break down against a Berdych (who’s hitting the felt off the ball) is no mean feat. There are definitely a lot of positives to take on as we move into the hard court season and later also clay.
It feels good to be a Fed fan again!
Highlights from the match against Djokovic, which had some stunning points: