Roger Federer bowed out of the Qatar Open on Thursday.© AFP
Roger Federer squandered a match level and was knocked out of the Qatar Open by Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili on Thursday in simply his second match since a 13-month harm absence. The 20-time Grand Slam title winner, who underwent two knee surgical procedures in 2020, secured the primary set however ultimately wilted and misplaced the quarter-final tie, 3-6, 6-1, 7-5. On Wednesday, the 39-year-old marked his first match since shedding to Novak Djokovic within the Australian Open semi-finals in January 2020 by defeating Britain’s Dan Evans, additionally in three units.
“He’s one of the greatest tennis players of all time,” mentioned world quantity 42 Basilashvili who will face Taylor Fritz of the United States for a spot within the last.
“I’m very happy that he’s coming back and playing again. Of course to win against him it’s a dream come true. He was an idol.”
Basilashvili, who arrived on the Qatar Open with a 2-13 document for the reason that resumption of the game in August, managed two aces in a row within the second set, clearly unsettling the Swiss three-time Doha champion.
In the third set, Federer dug deep to clinch an epic seventh recreation, getting back from three break factors to maintain the competition alive.
But after saving a match level, the 29-year-old Basilashvili broke Federer’s serve to go up 6-5, earlier than serving out for a well-known win.
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