DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Roger Federer will face the winner of the match between Jeremy Chardy and Dan Evans in the Qatar Begin next week in his first competition in more than a year.
The 20-time Tremendous Slam champion, who underwent two correct knee operations remaining season, is playing in his first tournament since he reached the semifinals on the Australian Begin in February 2020.
In Saturday’s procedure, the 39-year-former Federer has a bye and faces a second-spherical discipline from either Chardy or Evans, who play Monday.
Traditional Chardy took Andrey Rublev to three sets in Rotterdam on Friday and the Frenchman has reached two semifinals this year. British player Evans won the Murray River Begin in Melbourne remaining month, defeating Chardy in the semifinals.
Various Doha headliners include top-seeded Dominic Thiem and Rublev.
“It’s been a long and tough road,” second-seeded Federer said Friday on Twitter. “I do know I’m no longer on the finish line but. I in truth feel savor I’m in a legit effect aside of abode. I’ve been practicing very effectively, and factual in truth pumped up.”
Federer won trophies on the tough-court occasion in 2005, 2006 and 2017. He is in the intervening time No. 5 in the ATP rankings.
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