Roger Federer played his last match on January 30, 2020, losing the Australian Open semi-final to Novak Djokovic in straight sets. Struggling with a knee injury, Roger underwent two surgeries in February and May and decided to pass the rest of the season and make a fresh start in 2021. Skipping the Australian Open, Roger had trained in Dubai before moving to Doha for his first tournament in almost 14 months. The Swiss star will meet Daniel Evans in the second round on Wednesday, facing a well-known opponent in his first match following his career’s most extended break. Roger and Daniel played 20 practice sets in Dubai and will now fight in the official encounter, their fourth on the Tour and the first since the US Open 2019. Evans defeated Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 in two hours and 15 minutes to set Roger Federer clash, starting all over in the decider to leave the Frenchman behind.
The Briton saved unreal 16 out of 18 break chances and delivered three return games from seven opportunities, twice of those in the decider that carried him over the top. Evans endured six break points in the second game to avoid an early setback and grabbed a break with a forehand crosscourt winner in the next one for a 2-1 lead.
Roger Federer will play against Daniil Evans in Doha on Wednesday.
Chardy had to dig deep behind the initial shot in games five and seven to remain within one break deficit before creating four break opportunities at 3-4. Staying calm, Daniel erased those and held at 30 in game ten for 6-4 after over an hour!
Jeremy raised his level in set number two, playing against no break points and mounting the pressure on the other side. The Frenchman finally seized a break chance in the fourth game to forge the advantage, moved 5-1 up with another break and closed the set with an ace a few minutes later to gain momentum ahead of the decider. Starting all over, Evans produced five fine holds and grabbed a double break that carried him home. The Briton moved in front with a break in game two when his forehand down the line found the target and sealed the deal with another break at 5-2 that sent him into the last 16.