Qatar Open: Roger Federer returns from damage layoff of over a 12 months to face Dan Evans
Federer hasn’t performed a match since his semis loss to Novak Djokovic on the Australian Open in January 2020 and joked with the umpire in regards to the guidelines of the sport at the beginning of his sport in opposition to Dan Evans at Doha.
Doha: Roger Federer performed his first match for over a 12 months on Wednesday because the Swiss 20-time Grand Slam champion returned from damage to tackle British No 1 Dan Evans on the Qatar Open in Doha.
Federer, who underwent two knee surgical procedures in 2020, gained the toss and elected to serve first after joking with the umpire in regards to the guidelines of the sport.
He obtained a rapturous welcome from the 20 percent-capacity crowd at Doha’s Khalifa Tennis Advanced, beaming again on the crowd.
The 39-year-old initially pulled forward profitable his service sport which was tempered by Evans additionally profitable his opening service sport.
Federer hasn’t performed a match since a semi-final defeat by Novak Djokovic on the Australian Open in January 2020 and acknowledged it was uncommon for a participant of his age to return after damage.
“I do know it is on the uncommon aspect for a 40-year-old to return again after a 12 months out,” he mentioned at a media briefing within the Qatari capital Doha on Sunday.
“I really feel there may be nonetheless one thing — retirement was by no means actually on the playing cards.”
Whereas he was out of motion, he noticed Rafael Nadal equal his document Grand Slam title haul with a thirteenth Roland Garros triumph.
Djokovic, in the meantime, captured a ninth Australian Open final month to take his profession Slam tally to 18.
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