‘It was annoying to lose Roger Federer match,’ admits Dan Evans after Doha clash

Dan Evans welcomed Roger Federer back onto the ATP Tour, but admitted it was ‘annoying’ to lose to him in his comeback match.

Federer and Evans played out an absorbing contest in Qatar on Wednesday as Federer returned to competitive tennis after more than 400 days away from the sport battling a knee injury.

It was obviously a highly anticipated match, and it certainly did not disappoint.

“Whenever [Federer] is at a tournament it goes without saying there’s more interest,” Evans said.

“Personally for him he’s way happier to be on tour than sat at home. He said his story is not finished yet, from a fan’s point of view it’s going to be interesting how he goes at his age.”

Evans played a fine match himself and can consider himself quite unlucky not to have won the match.

He was in control for the second set for the most part, and was never overpowered by Federer throughout.

“It’s a bit annoying really to play a good match like that and get nothing for it,” Evans admitted.

“It’s frustrating. In a few days I can say I’m in a good spot, going the right direction but it’s a loss at the end of the day. Doesn’t matter who it’s to, it’s tough.

“It wasn’t easy conditions although I thought the level of tennis was pretty good.

“I’m not sure he was tiring. I thought we were both in decent shape.”

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