At the ATP in Doha, after a year, a month and eleven days, the twenty-time Grand Slam title champion Roger Federer finally returns to play a tennis tournament, making his debut in 2021 against the British tennis player Daniel Evans.
The Swiss wins the success after a battle of about two and a half hours and a lot of show and returns with a success closing with the result of 7-6 (8) 3-6 7-5. So many emotions with the public that seems to have found a Federer who appeared in excellent shape, almost as if time had never stopped.
After winning the first set Roger falls in the second but effectively closes in the third set and beats one of the most fit opponents on the Tour. Roger Federer starts well and maintains excellent service percentages and seems to have no problems, some mistakes too many in response but the first games go away quickly for both.
In the ninth game Evans has the first break point, Federer cancels it with a great right and moves on 5 to 4. We go to the tiebreak. Federer starts well by taking the 2-0, but Evans reacts and reverses the situation by taking the 3 to 2 thanks to a Roger who is not flawless on the net.
The parties go on up to 5 all with Evans who wins the first set point, Federer cancels it and goes to 7-6 thanks to the service. Evans cancels the set point with a second ace, at the second set point Roger fails with a sensational mistake but on the third occasion with a great backhand passer he closes the first 10 points at 8.
In the second set Federer starts well, he suffered a break point but Evans cancels. In the fourth game, the first empty pass of the Swiss who makes several mistakes and Evans goes on 3 to 1. Roger has suffered the ball for the counterbreak, but fails the opportunity and Evans runs away.
Federer increases the errors and seems to give way to the distance, Evans closes the second set 6-3. In the third set we return to balance, Federer has some chances but we go on up to 3 all. In the seventh game Federer cancels two break points thanks to two winners and is saved above all thanks to the service.
The Swiss goes on up to 5-4 with Evans forced to serve to stay in the match. Evans immediately goes under 0-30 against Roger, but reacts and goes to the advantages, Evans misses a simple volley and Federer wins the first match point.
Serve and volley for Evans who cancels with a great technical gesture. The match gets longer and both have fun with great points, especially at the net and goes on at 6-5. This time Evans does not hold up in the service and Federer this time with a winning backhand wins the victory with the result of 7-6 (8) 3-6 7-5.