Roger Federer thanks frontline worker for efforts in pandemic
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Roger Federer was left “incredibly happy” with his performance in his comeback match against Dan Evans at the Qatar Open. Federer beat British No 1 Evans in three sets in their second round match in Doha. It was the Swiss’ first competitive action since the 2020 Australian Open.
Federer underwent two knee surgeries last year which led to him missing 14 months of action.
But some of his shots on Wednesday made it appear as if he had never been away.
Federer had been training with Evans in the lead-up to the tournament and the two played out an enthralling match.
The Swiss admitted he was tiring towards the end of the match but had some positive words to say about his opponent’s performance.
“I was tired, so I was more focused on being tired than trying to win the point,” Federer said.
“I just said if I’m going to go out, I’m going to go out swinging and Dan had more energy left at the end but I was serving well and thought I played a really, really good match.
“I’m incredibly happy about my performance and of course the end was nice but he helped me out maybe a little bit.
“It was a pleasure to share the court with Dan and nice to finish with a backhand down the line, always on a match point.”
Federer also had a word for his fans, who came out in force to support him.
“Thank you very much, I appreciate it thank you. It feels good to be back,” he added.
“I’m happy to be standing here regardless of if I won or lost, but obviously winning feels better.
“It was a great match, Dan played a good match too. He’s been a wonderful training partner with me the last two weeks, we played over 20 sets.
“It’s great fun and thank you for the people who came out.”
However, he admitted he was not without pain completely following his knee problems.
“Well I don’t know about ‘still pain-free’, I don’t know if it was ever completely pain-free,” Federer said.
“You get to feel tired, you’re not sure if it’s the muscle or whatever is going on.
“But actually I don’t really mind, this is how I felt throughout.
“It’s important how I feel tomorrow and the next day and for the next six months basically. It’s been a long and tough road for me.”
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