Roger Federer beat Britan’s Dan Evans on his comeback after 14 months out through injury but said he had not played pain-free.
The Swiss 20-time Grand Slam winner won 7-6 (10-8)3-6 7-5 to reach the Qatar Open quarter-finals in Doha.
He had not played competitively since January 2020 after two knee surgeries.
“It feels good to be back. It’s good to be standing here regardless of whether I won or lost, it’s great fun,” Federer said.
“I don’t know if it was ever completely pain-free,” he added. “You get to feel tired and you don’t if it’s the muscle.
After a tight first set, Evans won four successive points in the tie-break to lead 4-2. But Federer fought back to level the scores before taking the set with a magnificent backhand cross-court pass.
“Dan had more energy left at the end but I thought I played a good match and I’m incredibly happy with my performance,” the Swiss said.
Source: BBC Sports