Roger Federer talked about bluntly about his true goal for this season, especially about Wimbledon: "When I had my second surgery, I immediately thought about the Australian Open. When I realized that progress was minimal and that I needed to be more careful, however, I knew I had to change my schedule.
Over the next four months, my team and I will need to be good at evaluating the calendar and figuring out how much work my body can handle. This is the best way to prepare for my real start to the season, which is the one on grass.
I think playing matches is important to me, and the season on clay comes before the season on grass. From this point of view, I have no choice but to play on clay. I don't know if it will be bad for me; I'll only know in training."
"This is an important step for me. As I said: I'm not 100% yet. I feel it, I feel it and I see it. The important thing for me is to be 100% ahead of the season on the grass. I am still working and building my path; this is just a stepping stone.
I'm happy with the way I played and the way I felt on the pitch today. I definitely felt better against Evans physically, but Basilashvili plays a completely different tennis than him. This defeat is easy to digest. Of course I would have liked to play tomorrow too, don't get me wrong.
But at the same time I'm happy to be able to rest and my performance. I'm happy to be back playing on the Tour. I am glad I came here to Doha. So it's really a positive return for me. I'm really happy." "I have been out for so long that I am delighted to have had the opportunity to play three sets against two of the best players on the Tour," explained the 20-time Grand Slam winner at a press conference.
Roger Federer, after the efforts of the second round with Daniel Evans, fails to break down the resistance of Nikoloz Basilashvili, at the Doha ATP event. He fights with everything that is available, cancels three break points in the heart of the deciding set, in the tenth game he even gets a match point.
At the end of the match, it is an empty pass with the service available at 5-5 that cost the match. He finishes 3-6 6-1 7-5 after just under two hours of play, yes, but it doesn't matter. Federer, who needed to replay, will also be present in Dubai. For the Georgian tennis player this is obviously the most valuable victory in his career.