Federer loses in second match after return from injury

Roger Federer admitted his goal was to be “100 percent” back in business by the time Wimbledon rolls around after the 20-time Grand Slam title winner saw his comeback from 13 months out with an injury end in Doha on Thursday.

The 39-year-old squandered a match point and was knocked out of the Qatar Open by Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili in his first tournament since losing to Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open semifinals in January 2020.

Federer, who underwent two knee surgeries last season, secured the first set against world number 42 Basilashvili but eventually wilted and lost the quarterfinal tie, 3-6, 6-1, 7-5. It was just his second match of his return having also needed three sets to see off Britain’s Dan Evans on Wednesday.

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