Roger Federer won his first match contested after 13 months yesterday as he returned from injury to beat British No 1 Dan Evans at the Qatar Open.
39-year-old Federer, who underwent two knee surgeries in 2020, still proved a tough opponent for an in-form Evans who ultimately succumbed 7-6 (10/8), 3-6, 7-5 after an epic tussle lasting two hours and 24 minutes.
The Swiss great had not played a match since a semi-final defeat by Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open in January 2020, 405 days ago and acknowledged it was unusual for a player of his age to return after injury.
Federer had received a rapturous welcome from the 20 percent-capacity crowd at Doha’s Khalifa Tennis Complex, beaming back at the fans, some of whom brandished portraits of the Swiss star while others held his national colours aloft.
Federer said that he was hoping to be back to “100 percent” for Wimbledon in June but had not taken decisions on tournaments before then or the Tokyo Olympics. Federer is an eight-time Wimbledon winner but has yet to win a singles gold at the Olympics.
Source: News On Air