Evans beats Chardy to arrange Federer tie

Evans proved too sturdy for Chardy in Doha

Dan Evans would be the first opponent of Roger Federer’s comeback after victory over Jeremy Chardy on the Qatar Open.

Nice Britain’s Evans beat Chardy 6-4-1-6 6-2 within the first spherical in Doha and can face Federer within the final 16.

Federer, 39, has missed greater than a 12 months of motion after present process two knee surgical procedures however has been practising with Evans in current weeks.

“I obtained to practise the final two weeks – I believed he was taking part in fairly effectively, we performed loads of units,” stated Evans.

“It was aggressive, but it surely’s all very totally different while you get on the match court docket,”

Evans, 30, is predicted to face Federer on Wednesday night.

He stated it was “a bit” unusual to see the 20-time Grand Slam winner watching him throughout his win over Chardy.

“He is clearly seen quite a lot of my recreation the previous few weeks so I’d say it was extra out of boredom,” added Evans.

“He was most likely ready for his observe, fairly than scouting out what’s occurring on the court docket.

“Some days we practised for 3 hours, different days we practised for an hour and a half. It has been good to get some good observe. It is unlucky that I am in his a part of the draw this week, however shifting ahead it is a good little block I put collectively.”

Roger Federer
Federer watched on as Evans overcame Chardy

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