Roger Federer vs Dan Evans: Doha match preview
Roger Federer will play his first match since present process two knee surgical procedures when he faces Dan Evans in Doha on Wednesday.
The 20-time main champion final performed over a 12 months in the past when he misplaced to Novak Djokovic within the semi-finals of the 2020 Australian Open.
Federer is ranked sixth on the planet as a result of COVID-adjusted ATP rankings system, which nonetheless carries some factors from 2019.
Because the second seed on the ATP 250 occasion in Doha, the 39-year-old Swiss acquired a bye to the second spherical.
World No. 28 Evans defeated the in-form Jeremy Chardy in three units within the opening spherical.
The 30-year-old Brit was up a break and in command within the deciding set when Chardy appeared to undergo a muscle damage in his left leg.
Evans began 2021 by successful his solely ATP title so far on the Murray River Open ATP 250 in Melbourne – with out dropping a set.
This will probably be a fourth profession assembly between the pair (not together with Hopman Cup). Federer received the earlier three – which have been all at Grand Slams – in straight units.
The primary got here at Wimbledon in 2016, whereas the opposite two got here extra not too long ago on laborious courts in 2019 – on the Australian Open and the US Open.