Doha, Qatar – Roger Federer will face the winner of the Qatar Open match between Jeremy Shardy and Dan Evans next week in his first competition in more than a year.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion, who underwent two right knee operations last season, is going into his first tournament since reaching the semifinals at the Australian Open in February 2020.
In Saturday’s draw, the 39-year-old Federer bids farewell and faces a challenge in the second round from Shardy or Evans, who will play on Monday.
Veteran Chardy Andre Rublev led to three sets in Rotterdam on Friday and reached the Frenchman’s semi-finals this year. British player Evans won the River Murray Open in Melbourne last month, beating Chardy in the semifinals.
Other notable names in Doha include top seed Dominic Tim and Rublev.
“It’s been a long, hard road,” the number two seed Federer said on Friday on Twitter. “I know I’m not at the finish line yet. I feel like I’m in a good place. I’ve been training very well, and I’ve really benefited.”
Federer won hard court titles in 2005, 2006 and 2017. He is currently number 5 in the ATP rankings.
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