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The long wait for Roger Federer’s return is a reminder to cherish him | Tumaini Carayol

The 20-times grand slam winner plays this week after more than a year out. He talks of more glory but cannot go on for ever

In the days leading up to his return to competition at the Qatar Open this week after two knee surgeries and a 13-month layoff, the longest of his life, Roger Federer made his first public appearance at the tournament in the humble surroundings of an Instagram Live Q&A session with a group of local children. He spoke as he often does, pleasantly and expansively, but there was one curiosity. Despite the fact he is the most popular tennis player in the world, who can organise an army of followers with the click of his fingers, just 150 people were watching.

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Federer isn’t forgetting to have fun in his comeback @rogerfederer | @QatarTennis | #RogerReturns

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