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Federer Faces Tough Opposition As Doha Entry List Revealed

The Swiss can expect a baptism of fire when he returns at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open.

In February, Roger Federer announced he'd be making his long-awaited return to the ATP Tour at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in March.

Speaking to the Swiss sports channel, SRF, Federer revealed that coming back at a smaller profile tournament would ease the weight of expectation on his shoulders.

However, fans hoping for an ATP 250 event to allow Federer to ease himself back into the tour will be disappointed to see the field contains a raft of top players, including US Open Champion Dominic Thiem defending champion, Andrey Rublev.

I am very happy to announce a very strong line-up for the oncoming Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2021 ATP event, which will take place in Doha at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex, from March 8 till Match 13, 2021.

The line-up includes three top-10 players; the highest-ranked participant at number 3 in the ATP World Ranking, returning to Doha, is the 2020 US Open winner Dominic Thiem. We are extremely proud to welcome back to Doha on his return to the Tour, currently as world number 5, a player who has achieved virtually everything there is to achieve in tennis, Roger Federer. And our next top-10 entry is our defending champion, coming back to Doha after his brilliant win in the 2020 edition of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open, Andrey Rublev.

The line-up is enhanced by 6 more players currently ranked in the top 20 in the ATP World Ranking, including three-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka, our 2019 Qatar ExxonMobil Open winner Roberto Bautista Agut, our 2018 winner Gael Monfils, and Denis Shapovalov, David Goffin, and Pablo Carreno Busta.

I am sure this exceptional line-up is a guarantee for exceptional tennis and welcome fans to enjoy once again our wonderful ATP event, the Qatar ExxonMobil Open. See you there! Karim Alami, Qatar ExxonMobil Open Tournament Director

Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2021, Doha, Entry List

Rublev Doha 2020

You can see the full entry list below:

  • Dominic Thiem
  • Roger Federer
  • Andrey Rublev
  • Gael Monfils
  • Denis Shapvalov
  • Robert Bautista Agut
  • David Goffin
  • Pablo Carreno Busta
  • Stan Wawrinka
  • Borna Coric
  • Daniel Evans
  • Dusan Lajovic
  • Hubert Hurkacz
  • Taylor Fritz
  • Filip Krajinovic
  • Lorenzo Songego
  • Reilly Opelka
  • John Millman
  • Kevin Anderson

A much stronger field than last years event and there will be no easy matches for Roger at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex.

You have two of the most in-form guys on tour in Rublev and Thiem in the mix, but there's some tough opposition all the way down the entry list.

Bautista Agut has started the season looking out of sorts losing in the first round of the Australian Open, but he won the title here in 2019 and along with Wawrinka, Shapovalov, Evans, Carreno Busta and Coric can give anyone a run for their money.

Finally, it will be interesting to see if the Australian Open results will change anyone's plans. Thiem and Rublev are two of the guys in the mix for the title and winning a slam usually results in a withdrawal from any immediately upcoming tournament but that is FedFan wishful thinking right now 😄

What do you guys think of the field? How will Federer do and can Monfils finally win a match since the tour was suspended last year?


Huge fan of Roger Federer. I watch all his matches from Grand Slam level right down to ATP 250. When I'm not watching or writing about tennis I play regularly myself and have a keen interest in tactics, equipment and technicalties of the sport.

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  1. Unless some of the top contenders withdraw, this is a field worth of an ATP 500. Even some masters 1000 have weaker participants…

    1. Hmm, yes, definitely 500-worthy. No wonder Fed’s applied for Dubai as well: if he doesn’t hit the ground running at Doha, he could be in trouble here.

    1. I like Federer but not sure why some are saying “tennis without him is not the same anymore.” His style of play will always be admired. However, as a person, he was salty many times towards his opponents after the match. I lost some respect for him listening to his press conferences. He was anything but humble when he loses. He would put down his opponents very subtly. A lot of players play better tennis him these days. He also didn’t really have a lot to show for during the last few years. Most of his records are either broken or will be very soon. He definitely used to be a GOAT and did amazing things but this isn’t the case any longer. Might be unfortunate but it is the reality.

  2. So much for a small low key event to start. Can’t wait to see his name announced as he swaggers out on the tennis court.
    Big smile.

  3. This could be 1:1 the entry list for the well regarded ATP 500 tournament of Dubai the week after…
    Anyway – Chum jetze Roger !

  4. After more than a year without an official match, this should be pretty interesting. Hopefully Roger feels healthy and strong to make a deep run at the tournament.

    Go Roger!!!!

  5. Such great tennis matches in Melbourne. But – Huge Smile!!! – this is my favourite tennis news. What a great line up for Doha. A few weeks to go.

    1. Good thing he’s playing so much on fast HC. Lets him play a lot of first-strike tennis and reacclimate himself to competitive matches.

      There’s not a lot of time before clay season; I think IW has been canceled due to the pandemic, so Miami is the only other big HC tournament he’s going to be able to play before the summer starts.

  6. Well hoping fed gets warmed up for Miami masters which he won in 2019. That could be the goal of the hard court season for him. Pick up a Dubai win and if lucky a deep run in Miami.

    1. You don’t know WTF you’re talking about! Why should he retire? Many disagree with your bufoon ways here.

  7. A gentleman, big family man, ballet dancer on the court and a joy to watch; the BEST EVER TENNIS PLAYER!
    From your biggest 83 year old fan; hope I can see you play and meet you personally. BEST OF LUCK on your return to Tennis which has been boring without you.

    1. Most talented and artistic, yes, not a hair of doubt.

      The best – not so sure, should be the most accomplished one.
      Novak has just gone to 311 weeks as #1 plus 6 times end of year #1, Rafa has 24-16 record against Roger (8-6 on outdoor hard; same # of GS wins) and the list will go on….

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