Roger Federer is again.
Simply two days after he formally misplaced his report for many weeks atop the ATP rankings to Novak Djokovic, Federer returned to aggressive play for the primary time for the reason that 2020 Australian Open and toppled Dan Evans 7-6 (10-8), 3-6, 7-5 on the Qatar ExxonMobil Open.
As famous by Sky Sports activities, the 39-year-old residing legend, who shares the lads’s report of 20 Grand Slam titles with Rafael Nadal, hadn’t performed in over 400 days as a result of a number of harm setbacks and recoveries.
“It feels good to be again, I’m joyful to be standing right here no matter whether or not I gained or misplaced however clearly successful feels higher,” stated Federer in his post-match interview.
“It was a superb match and Dan performed a superb match, he has been a beautiful coaching associate with me during the last two weeks – we have now performed greater than 20 units so it went on and on and it was nice enjoyable.
“I used to be extra targeted on being drained that successful the purpose so I felt if I used to be going to exit I’m going to exit swinging however I’m extremely joyful I performed a extremely good match, served very well and good to complete with a backhand down the road on a match level.
“It has been an extended and difficult street, however I’ve loved it, it has been an enormous problem at my age however I’ve a beautiful staff round me which have supported me all through and it was price it.”
Federer underwent a number of knee operations in 2020 that, mixed with COVID-19 restrictions and issues, stored him sidelined via final month’s Australian Open. He beforehand stated he would solely return to match play as soon as he was “100% match” and finally focused Qatar for his profession’s resumption.
Federer has additionally stated he’ll proceed competing “so long as I’m having enjoyable and it is proper for all of us.”
For what it is price, the all-time nice appeared to get pleasure from celebrating his newest victory.