The 39-year-old Roger Federer has recently given his fans a moment to cherish after a long break. After not playing a competitive tennis match in over 400 days, the Maestro claimed his victory against Dan Evans in the Qatar Open. The 20-time Grand Slam winner gained 7-6 (10-8) 3-6 7-5 and secured his position in the Qatar Open quarter-finals in Doha. Both the players had previously played three matches all at the Grand Slams, Federer aced each time in straight sets.
- Federer utters exciting message “I might surprise myself” to the fans for the upcoming match in Qatar Open
— Qatar Tennis Federation (@QatarTennis) March 10, 2021
Despite the 14 month-long break due to his double knee surgeries, the legend came back with the same aggression. He could not play competitively since January 2020. The match provided hints that there are more chances to witness noteworthy gameplay from the former World No. One.
Poised Roger Federer on his victory after the long break
Even after his triumph against World No. 26, the poised Roger expressed, it felt good to be back, and it’s good to be standing here regardless of whether he won or lost. Further, he does not know if it was ever completely pain-free. Players will get tired, but one does not know if it’s related to muscle.
Moreover, he also mentioned that the major concern for him is how he feels the following day and each day for the coming six months. Each day will be a deciding factor for King Roger’s upcoming matches. The current situation demands his undivided attention on his healthcare and regular practice.
“[What’s] important is how I feel tomorrow and the next day for the next six months,” said the Mighty Federer.
— ATP Tour (@atptour) March 11, 2021
King Federer praised his opponent after the match
After the match, Federer also praised his opponent for being a wonderful training partner for the last two weeks. Adding to that, he mentioned the duo has played over 20 sets, and it was great fun playing with him.
According to Rog, the first match after his comeback was very special to him. However, he felt he was going to go out swinging. But ultimately the match was an incredible one and especially eye-pleasing to observe Federer’s return.
Lastly, Federer will play against Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili in the last eight.
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