'Every time you step out on the court against Roger Federer...', says ATP ace



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'Every time you step out on the court against Roger Federer...', says ATP ace

It was a fleeting appearance, that of Roger Federer, at the ATP tournament in Doha, but that was enough for the champion to test his condition after a 400-day break and the slow recovery from the double operation on his right knee.

The two matches played, the one won against the British Evans and the other lost yesterday with the Georgian Basilashvili (6-3; 1-6; 5-7), number 42, both ended in the third set, are only the first steps of a path that will be long for the almost 40-year-old Federer, who aims to "reach 100% for the season on grass"

"I come from so far away that I am happy to have been able to play two consecutive games in three sets," Federer said. "I'm not 100% yet, I see it, I feel it. But the goal is to be ahead." Meanwhile, Daniil Medvedev reckons Novak Djokovic could rack up a total of 400 weeks as world No 1 in a feat which would surely end the debate over who is the greatest player of all time.

The Serbian surpassed Roger Federer's tally of 310 weeks earlier this month and he celebrated the achievement by partying with fans in Belgrade.

Medvedev wants to face Roger Federer

"First of all, it’s an unbelievable achievement," Daniil Medvedev said of Novak Djokovic's world No 1 record.

"I think in the world of tennis we talk about Grand Slams more than anything else. But this is also a small competition, I’m sure he’s really happy about it. The way he’s played, he’s definitely capable of catching 400 weeks.

We’re going to try to not let him do this. I didn’t manage to do anything in the Australian Open final, but that is what sport is about. Nobody is going to give him an easy pass. He’s going to have to earn it."

Medvedev has beaten every top 10 players over the last year besides Federer, who has been absent from the tour with a knee injury. "I would definitely like to play Roger," Medvedev said. "He’s one of the three best in tennis history, it’s always great playing him.

Every time you step out on the court against the Big Three, it’s a special feeling." Over two decades, Roger Federer has lost a match 24 times with a match point in hand. It includes three finals, seven semifinals, and so on.

In terms of match points, Federer’s most expensive loss came against France’s Gael Monfils in 2005 Bercy; he wasted five points in that match. Also, he has lost most times against World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, having lost two match points on all three occasions.

Comparatively, Nadal and Djokovic have recorded eight and three such matches respectively in their career. Thus, they are both more known for their competitive spirit in tennis.