‘I need six more week of fitness,’ admits Roger Federer after withdrawing from Dubai

Roger Federer says he will withdraw from the ATP Tour again to rebuild his fitness in practice after a ‘positive’ comeback in Doha.

Federer returned after 400 days away from tennis due to a serious knee injury, and he ws happy to get two matches under his belt.

He beat Dan Evans in the first, but lost 6-3, 1-6, 5-7 to world number 42 Nikoloz Basilashvili on the quarterfinal on Thursday.

He, though, believes it has been a good start to his bid to regain full fitness ahead of Wimbledon.

“It’s been great to be back on the ATP Tour,” Federer tweeted. “I loved every minute playing in Doha once again.

“A big thank you to the best and loyal team that helped me get here.

“I’ve decided it’s best to go back to training and as a result, I’ve decided to withdraw from Dubai next week.

“I still need another five, six weeks of fitness, probably a little bit more down the road.

“So in those next four months until Wimbledon, I think we’ve just got to take a real good look at the schedule and see when we do the fitness, the rehab and tennis.”

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