Roger Federer won his first match in over 400 days as he made a successful comeback against Dan Evans at the Qatar Open on Wednesday.
Federer tired towards the end of the contest, but he found just enough to overcome Evans, who put in a fine performance.
“It feels good to be back,” Federer said on-court after the match after his 7-6, 3-6, 7-5 win.
“I am happy to be standing here regardless of if I won or lost, but obviously winning feels better. It was a good match.
“Dan played a good match too. He has been a wonderful training partner as well. Over the past two weeks, we played over 20 sets and it went on [tonight].”
Federer has fought his way back after undergoing two operations in 2020, the second of which left him with ‘almost no muscle left.’
“It has been a long and tough road for me. I enjoyed it though,” Federer said.
“It has been a huge challenge of mine in my tennis career and to come back at my age is not something that is very simple.
“I have had a wonderful team around myself that always supported me throughout. That made it much easier and it was worth it because I played a good match today.”
“I said, ‘If I’m going to go out, I’m going to go out swinging.’ Dan had more energy left at the end, but I was serving well and I thought I actually played a really, really good match.
“I’m incredibly happy about my performance… It was nice to finish off with a backhand down the line.”
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