After almost fourteen months of waiting Roger Federer returned to the field and officially returned to the ATP circuit. The Swiss champion returned to the ATP tournament in Doha where he showed a good condition in the two matches played.
In the first match Roger beat in three hard-fought sets and after more than two and a half hours his friendly opponent, the British Daniel Evans. The two had trained together in recent weeks and for the Swiss it was a far from easy return to the field.
After winning the first set, Federer suffered the reaction of the opponent who rose to the chair and put the Swiss champion in clear difficulty, but in the third set Roger used his technical qualities and his experience to get the better of Evans.
He did not have the same fate in the second match where Federer was eliminated in the quarter-finals against Georgian Basilashvili. After winning the first set without too much difficulty, the twenty-time winner of Grand Slam tournaments collapsed in the second set and only recovered in the third where he had a match point at 5-4 and service for the opponent and then wasted this opportunity, thus losing the chance to move forward in the tournament.
In the evening Federer then formalized the forfeit in the Atp 500 tournament in Dubai. When we talk about Roger Federer we consider that he is a lover of grass and considers Wimbledon almost like his home, but in the course of his career Roger has also won several tournaments on cement and has won many Australian Open and US Open, as well as Atp Finals of end of the year.
In the Open era, Roger Federer is the tennis player with the most victories in the ATP circuit on hard courts, clearly ahead of one of his greatest rivals, the Serbian Novak Djokovic. Behind Agassi and Connors is Rafael Nadal, known primarily for his records on clay.
Roger Federer on his loss to Nikoloz Basilashvili
"Like I said, I'm not at 100% yet," Roger Federer said. "I can feel it, I can see it. I'm still building up. This is a stepping stone. I'm actually happy how I felt on court overall."
Federer later said he had anticipated the possibility of getting tired as the match went on. The Swiss even claimed that his shoulders were shot in the latter stages of the contest, and that he didn't have it in him to go the extra mile.
"I honestly expected to feel this way," Federer said. "The whole shoulder, I feel the muscle pain around that. I didn't expect that, I'd been serving the whole time but I think that comes with the pressure. In matches you just go that extra 5%."