Federer eagerly awaited his return to the court after more than a year with a classic tennis performance, defeating Dan Evans 7-6 (8), 3-6 and 7-5 on the ATP 250 in Doha (Qatar) on Wednesday. did. 10).
The 39-year-old Swiss did not play a competitive game in 405 days and underwent two knee surgeries in 2020, but returned to action in Britain without a hitch in the face of the number one.
The spectators who captured the Khalifa Tennis Complex on the night while maintaining their social contingent enjoyed a high-quality duel, with Evans limiting the champion to 20 Grand Slam tournaments.
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Federer showed great physical shape and did not hesitate in the decisive set the winner (Winning point) Backhandn (the ball hits the back of the hand) the bottom line in its second part Equal number (The point that defines the end of the match) in the 12th game.
It was a magical moment for Federer, who said he had come a long and hard way since his last match, a defeat to Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals of the 2020 Australian Open.
“I am happy to be back, winning or losing,” Federer said, working hard after being eliminated from the first round after finishing fourth in an equal clash with Kushal Evans. “I was tired and tired rather than earning points. If I were to be eliminated, I wanted to end by playing well.”
Federer and Evans had played around 20 training sets to prepare for the tournament, but the real test was how the Swiss would perform in a real match – and the response was emphatic.