“It’s good to be back.” Roger Federer commented on his first match in over a year: “I’m happy to be here regardless of whether he won or lost, but obviously winning is better.” The former world number one beat Evans: “Dan also played a good game. He was also a wonderful training partner. In the last two weeks we have played more than 20 sets.” “It was a long and hard road for me. However I enjoyed it. It was a great challenge, coming back to my age is not something very easy. I have had a wonderful team around me who have always supported me throughout the time. This made everything much easier and it was worth it because today I played a good game. ” Federer then lost against Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili in the quarter finals. Close to a year ago, Roger Federer had floated the idea of an ATP-WTA merger. At that time, many of his peers and former players had thrown their weight behind the concept and lauded Federer for shining the spotlight on what was essentially Billie Jean King’s long-standing initiative.
Roger Federer on the ATP-WTA merger plan
“I believe it would be beneficial for both tours to be together,” Roger Federer said. “But I feel like it’s been put a little bit on the back-burner… it will need some compromises on both sides but it would be a great thing for our sport.” In his post-match interview, Roger Federer acknowledged that he needs to put in the hard yards with his feet if he wishes to do well on his comeback. “No one is going to do the running for you, you have to do it yourself,” Federer said. “You can’t be substituted. If I don’t run, I’m not going to win any more points, it’s that simple.” The 39-year-old also revealed that he doesn’t like taking ice baths. An ice bath is a popular modern method that aids the muscle-recovery process after an intense training session or match. “You’re talking to an old school guy here,” Federer said. “I’ve done one ice bath and I didn’t like it. I’m not going to do that again.” With the way Federer performed, no one could believe that Federer had not played a competitive match in over 13 months. His classic backhand and swift moments yet again set the tennis court on fire. Even Federer’s opponent, Dan Evans, played exceptionally well until the last game of the match. At 7-6 (10-8), 3-6, 6-5*, Evans failed to hit two easy returns, and it cost him heavily.