Roger Federer's journey in Doha stopped in the quarter-finals against Nikoloz Basilashvili. The 39-year-old from Basel took stock of the situation at the press conference, expressing his happiness at being back on the pitch after more than a year of hiatus.
“I had been stopped for so long that I am happy to be able to play two games in a row in three sets, against excellent players. It is an important step for me. I feel I'm not 100% yet, I see it, but the important thing will be to be 100% for the grass season.
It could happen sooner, but it would be a kind of bonus “- declared the 20-time Grand Slam champion. The outcome of the Qatar Open is all in all positive for Roger: “Against Evans and Basilashvili I know exactly what I have to do to try to win, and I tried to do what I had to do.
Of course I don't have all the resources at my disposal to do it yet, but the level of attention in the match left me very satisfied. All in all I'm happy with how I felt on the pitch today; maybe with Dan I felt even better, but Basilashvili plays a completely different tennis and this put me in trouble.
The balance of these two matches is more than positive. Obviously they were two very different matches: yesterday I arrived with two weeks preparation for that specific match, while today I went out on the pitch 22 hours after the previous match, after going to bed a little later, against a player completely.
different. I would have liked to play tomorrow too, but I'm also happy to be able to rest a bit" Roger Federer's comeback came to an unexpected halt on Thursday, as he lost to Nikoloz Basilashvili in the Doha quarterfinals.
And the Swiss spoke to BeIN Sports in the aftermath of his defeat, shedding some light on his future plans in tennis. During the interaction with the Arab sports channel, Roger Federer was asked about the possibility of attending the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Roger Federer on representing his country at the Olympics
Roger Federer also reflected on representing his country at the Olympics, where he has won a gold medal (in men's doubles) and a silver medal (in men's singles).
"Olympics have always been a special place for me," Federer said. "I was flagbearer twice, in 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing. I won the gold medal with Stan Wawrinka, I won the silver in 2012 London. I met my wife in 2000 at the Olympics!
It would be amazing to be part of Tokyo. I try to see how much more is left in the tank for me," Federer said. "So far my wife has been my biggest supporter to allow me and push me towards the tour. My kids have been wonderful as well, understanding, even though they were sad when I left and I came to Doha without them."