Roger Federer is finally back. The Swiss champion defeated Daniel Evans in the round of 16 of the ATP 250 tournament in Doha in three sets and he thrilled all tennis fans. Federer started the game, as normal, with a bit of tension, but his class and excellent performance in his service allowed him to get used to the condition of the pitch and improve point by point.
The first difficult moment came in the ninth game, when Federer was forced to save a very heavy break point. At the tie-break, the Swiss canceled a set point and closed 10-8. The second set was then conquered by Evans, who did not give up and managed to get enough of the break obtained in the fourth game.
In the final and decisive set, both players produced excellent tennis and raised the level. The winner was Federer, who at the second match point threw an incredible backhand down the line and folded his opponent. "It's good to be back," Federer said right after the win.
"I am happy to be here regardless of whether he won or lost. Obviously, it is always better to win. It was a really good match. Daniel played very well and has been a wonderful training partner over the past few weeks. We played over 20 sets and tonight the challenge continued.
I had a lot of fun. Dan had more energy than me in the end, but I managed to serve well. Finally on the court? It has been a long and hard road for me. It was one of the biggest challenges of my career; going back to my age is not a simple thing.
I had a special team by my side: they always supported me all the time. This made everything easier and I must say it was worth it, because I played a good game today. I am incredibly happy with my performance. It was nice to end the match with a backhand down the line."
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.