Record 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer quickly got over his Doha quarterfinal loss against Nikoloz Basilashvili as the Swiss arrived to Qatar without much expectations.
Federer, who returned to competitive action this week after a 14-month break, suffered a surprise loss on Thursday as Basilashvili won 3-6 6-1 7-5.
Federer claimed the lone break of the first set in the fourth game, before serving out for the opener in the ninth game.
But Basilashvili stormed back to win the second set as he broke Federer twice to force a decider.
In the 10th game of the third set, Basilashvili saved a match point before claiming the key break a game later.
“This one is super easy. I’m already over it,’ said Federer, per Metro UK. “I mean, I would have loved to play tomorrow. Don’t get me wrong, you know.
“But at the same time I’m also happy to get a rest. I’m happy how I played today. I’m happy how I did yesterday.
“I’m happy I was back on the tour. I’m pleased I came here to Doha. So it’s really, really a positive return for me. I’m really happy.”
Federer undecided on Dubai
Federer will consult with his team before he decides whether or not to play Dubai.
“I haven’t decided yet with the team. I was going to speak to them once the tournament is over here,” added Federer. “That’s the case now. So we’re going to do that probably tomorrow at some point or tonight, depending.
“But I didn’t want to talk about it after yesterday. Important was to rest and just think about the next match and actually enjoy also, honestly, the victory from yesterday was a big one. I got a ton of messages.
“Everybody was so happy for me. I was really happy. From that standpoint I’ll decide probably in the next 24 hours, I would assume.”