'Roger Federer returned after 13 months and won the match in style,' says Bhupathi



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'Roger Federer returned after 13 months and won the match in style,' says Bhupathi

The famous Indian doubles player Mahesh Bhupathi hailed Roger Federer's comeback after his career's most extended break. Struggling with a knee injury, Federer had to skip all the action after the last year's Australian Open, undergoing two surgeries and setting eyes on 2021.

After 13 months, Federer returned in Doha a couple of weeks ago, facing Daniel Evans in the second round and scoring a 7-6, 3-6, 7-5 victory in two hours and 24 minutes. Roger sealed the deal with a backhand down the line winner, and Bhupati was thrilled to see the 20-time Major champion closing the encounter in style, especially after such a long break from tennis.

Both players saved three out of four break chances, with Federer winning four points more and prevailing thanks to a late break in the decider, his only in the entire match! Federer was a bit rusty, which was expected after such a long pause, struggling from his backhand wing but still doing enough to prevail and advance into the quarters.

Roger saved a set point in the opening set's tie break and closed it with a backhand down the line winner.

Mahesh Bhupathi was pleased to see Roger Federer back on the court.

Evans grabbed the second set with a break at 2-1 to force a decider, where Roger saved two break points at 3-3 to remain in touch.

The Briton saved a match point at 4-5 before the Swiss sealed the deal with a break at 6-5 thanks to a backhand down the line winner. "Roger will not end up as the greatest player, but he's the most beautiful one.

If you compare highlight reels, then with Novak Djokovic, he wins points he had no business winning because of his fitness. With Rafa's highlight reels, there's always the fantastic running forehand down the line, which he bends in.

But with Federer, it's always ridiculous half-volleys, or a half-volley backhand pass down the line or a backhand flick crosscourt. Against Daniel Evans in Doha, after 13 months, who hits a backhand down the line at match point? Only Roger.

His variety is mind-boggling. His second serve is the best I have ever faced. He can hit multiple spots with the same toss and at numerous speeds. He makes people miserable with his slice. He's got the slice to keep him in the point, the slice down the line, or the short one to bring the rival in. His game is premised on taking away the opponent's time," Mahesh Bhupathi said.