After thirteen months Roger Federer is back to play on the ATP circuit and is back in a great way. Because the Swiss in the second round of the Doha tournament defeated the British Daniel Evans in three sets, in the quarter-finals Federer will face Basilashvili, the Georgian tennis player who ruled Jaziri.
There was great anticipation for the return of Federer, who had not played since January 30, 2020. A knee injury and a double operation put him in the pits for a long time. In Doha, where he has won the tournament three times, he faced Daniel Evans in the second round match, a British player not with a big name, but who is hard to face, at the age of thirty he is experiencing a second youth (he also won a tournament a few weeks ago).
The first set is pulled. The attention is all on the condition of Roger who alternates some magnificent shots to some trivial errors, but there is. The tiebreak decides the first set, Federer wins it 9 points to 7. Evans is perky, takes the break, takes home the second set easily (6-3).
In the third, the game is decided. The big question mark is on Federer's condition as he easily overcomes the two hours and twenty of play. He continues to leave something in almost every game to Evans, who had an excellent game, but showed the usual touch at the net and gave phenomenal shots to fans who have been waiting to see him back on the pitch for some time.
The almost 40-year-old former number 1 misses a matchpoint at 5-4 in the third, Evans is very good and above all brave because with an impeccable serve and volley he cancels the opportunity. In the following round, the Englishman has a couple of uncertainties, Federer takes advantage and closes the match with a splendid backhand.
Welcome back. Former German pro Patrik Kuhnen recently lavished rich praise on Roger Federer, claiming that no other player can match the 39-year-old's 'divine' status. Kuhnen's comments come on the eve of Federer's return to the tour at this week's ATP 500 event in Doha.
Kuhnen on Roger Federer's return
"Roger Federer's return is a blessing for the tour," Patrik Kuhnen wrote. "No other player has this radiance for tennis, no other player enjoys this 'almost divine' status.
All players and especially the young players like Jannik Sinner will be eager to be able to play against the maestro again." Kuhnen went on to claim that Roger Federer's combination of on-court magic and off-court friendliness sets him apart from everyone else on tour.
"For me there is no bigger phenomenon in our sport than Roger Federer," Kuhnen said. "No other player has this package of pure elegance and enormous power on the court and also this unique charm in dealing with the fans and the media. Federer simply inspires in all respects."