Roger Federer has clear ideas about his come back to the ATP Tour. The Swiss Mestro, who has just announced that he will not play in Dubai, will certainly be at Wimbledon. "I have been out for so long that I am delighted to have had the opportunity to play three sets against two of the best players on the Tour," explained the 20-time Grand Slam winner at a press conference.
"This is an important step for me. As I said: I'm not 100% yet. I feel it, I feel it and I see it. The important thing for me is to be 100% ahead of the season on the grass. I am still working and building my path; this is just a stepping stone.
I'm happy with the way I played and the way I felt on the pitch today. I definitely felt better against Evans physically, but Basilashvili plays a completely different tennis than him.
Roger Federer "I want to be 100% at Wimbledon"
This defeat is easy to digest.
Of course I would have liked to play tomorrow too, don't get me wrong. But at the same time I'm happy to be able to rest and my performance. I'm happy to be back playing on the Tour. I am glad I came here to Doha. So it's really a positive return for me.
I'm really happy." Federer then spoke bluntly about his true goal. "When I had my second surgery, I immediately thought about the Australian Open. When I realized that progress was minimal and that I needed to be more careful, however, I knew I had to change my schedule.
Over the next four months, my team and I will need to be good at evaluating the calendar and figuring out how much work my body can handle. This is the best way to prepare for my real start to the season, which is the one on grass.
I think playing matches is important to me, and the season on clay comes before the season on grass. From this point of view, I have no choice but to play on clay. I don't know if it will be bad for me; I'll only know in training."