Roger Federer withdraws from upcoming match after making his tennis return
The 20-time grand slam champion hadn’t performed competitively in over a 12 months after present process two knee surgical procedures in 2020 however received his comeback match towards Dan Evans on the Qatar Open on Wednesday.
The 39-year-old was then crushed by Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili — 3-6, 6-1, 7-5 — within the quarterfinals on Thursday.
Federer was on account of proceed his comeback on the Dubai Responsibility Free Tennis Championships on March 14 however says he is withdrawn to give attention to coaching.
“It has been nice to be again on the [ATP Tour], beloved each minute taking part in in Doha as soon as once more,” he wrote on Twitter. “An enormous thanks to the most effective and dependable staff that helped me get right here.
“I’ve determined it is best to return to coaching and in consequence, I’ve determined to withdraw from Dubai subsequent week.”
Concentrate on Wimbledon
Having initially earmarked a return for this 12 months’s Australian Open, the Swiss famous person was pressured to withdraw from the match late final 12 months.
He has since switched his consideration to Wimbledon and can play in occasions that put together him for the grand slam in June.
Federer had beforehand determined to not defend his title on the Miami Open which is because of begin on March 22.
On Monday, Novak Djokovic broke Federer’s all-time file for many weeks spent as the lads’s world No.1.
The Serbian has now topped the ATP rankings for a mixed 311 weeks, surpassing Federer’s tally of 310.
However Federer, who isn’t any stranger to damage comebacks having recovered from a earlier knee surgical procedure in 2016 to win two grand slam titles, insists his profession is much from over.
“I hope then, by Wimbledon, I’ll be 100% and that is when the season begins for me. All the pieces till then it is simply ‘Let’s have a look at the way it goes’,” he mentioned earlier this month.
Because it stands, Federer and Nadal share the lads’s file for many profession grand slam titles (20) with Djokovic simply two behind.