“I Was Afraid to Get Up”: Roger Federer Reveals What Went Wrong Against Nikoloz Basilashvili at Qatar Open 2021

Published 03/11/2021, 4:15 PM EST
Tennis – ATP 250 – Qatar Open – The Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex, Doha, Qatar – March 10, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer wearing a mask as he walks out before his first round match against Great Britain’s Dan Evans Tennis Federation/Samer Al-Rejjal/Handout via REUTERS


Swiss maestro Roger Federer made a victorious comeback on Wednesday by outshining Britain’s Dan Evans in his opening match in Doha. Unfortunately, the legend couldn’t maintain the momentum in his next match against Nikoloz Basilashvili and lost in three sets.

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It was an abnormal second set played by Federer. He was unable to move and his shots lacked verve. Ultimately he lost  6-3, 1-6, 5-7 in the quarterfinals of the Qatar Open 2021.

On Thursday morning, Federer was uncomfortable when he got up from the bed, which was largely due to his taxing comeback match against Evans.

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“I was afraid to get up. I put it off a little bit. When I got up, it wasn’t so bad. My back was a little stiff, I felt the shoulder. The legs were the best. That was positive. One more day of rest would have helped a lot,” Federer stated, post his loss against Basilashvili.

“I am satisfied”: Roger Federer on his comeback performance

Tennis – ATP 250 – Qatar Open – The Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex, Doha, Qatar – March 10, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer in action during his first round match against Great Britain’s Dan Evans Tennis Federation/Samer Al-Rejjal/Handout via REUTERS

Despite his surprising loss, Roger is happy with his game, and he accepted playing a lifeless quarterfinal match in Doha.

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“I am satisfied with how I felt during the match. But I lacked a little bit of explosiveness. Also, Basilashvili is one of the hardest hitters. I knew what I had to do to win and tried to do it. I just didn’t have enough resources yet. But the intentions were good. I must say: everything is very positive for me. I don’t know what could have gone better. Maybe winning the match point, okay. But I don’t think I needed another match to know where I am at.”

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Up next, Roger Federer is expected to play in Dubai, which is one of his favorite tournaments. Having won his 100th title at ATP Dubai, the event is special for Roger. As of now, in the next 24 hours, Federer and his team will make their decision about playing in Dubai.

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