After 405 days without competing, many months stopped due to the two arthroscopies in the right knee, to Roger Federer It was very difficult for him to play two consecutive games, without a day of rest in between. He experienced many emotions and suffered significant wear and tear to finish off his return with victory against Dan evans by 7-6 (6), 3-6 and 7-5 in 2h.24 ‘.
The Swiss, 39 years old and world No. 6, used up a lot of energy, which he lacked in his duel against the Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, 29 years old and 42 in the world, winner in the quarterfinals of the ATP 250 on hard court in Doha by 3-6, 6-1 and 7-5 in 1h.50 ‘.
The genius and the experience to handle extreme situations almost gave the victory to Federer, who had a ‘match’ ball with 5-4 in the third set, to the rest. Basilashvili did not commit any foolishness knowing superior, seeing that his famous adversary barely had legs to move.
He took the initiative from the point and came back. Relieved, he immediately confirmed his dominance by winning his serve (5-5) and then making the ‘break’ (6-5) that led him to the semifinals against the American Taylor fritz, winner of Canadian Denis Shapovalov by 5-7, 6-3 and 7-5. Above, champion Andrey Rublev will face the best of Thiem-Bautista.
Muscle fatigue instead of a certain spark that Roger Federer had shown at his premiere. Logical after a long absence. It was even denoted by his gestural language, with signs of complaint contained but evident to the opponent. A weakness that Basilashvili took advantage of, scoring on his record a prestigious victory in whatever circumstances.
At Australian Open 2016 Federer had overwhelmed the Georgian 6-2, 6-1 and 6-2. The return has been positive because tennis keeps it. It requires more running, especially greater physical resistance. At 40 years of age, he has plenty of enthusiasm to continue overcoming obstacles to try to reach one hundred percent Wimbledon, June 28 and your goal.
It is pointed in the Dubai ATP 500, next week, but he already warned that there is no set agenda, that he will build the season on the fly, focusing on his goal of grass and without forgetting the Tokyo Games and US Open.