It was an eventful day for tennis on Wednesday as Roger Federer won his comeback game in Doha against Daniel Evans. Meanwhile, on the women’s tennis tour, only three of the 16 seeded players made it to the quarterfinals in WTA Dubai. Get full details below.
Federer marks his return with a thrilling win
Former World No. 1 Roger Federer took his time to win his opening game in the Qatar Open. Facing British No. 1 Daniel Evans, the Swiss needed a little under two hours and 30 minutes to dispatch the Brit 7-6(8), 3-6, 7-5.
There were tense moments in this match between the 20-time Grand Slam winner and the player with only one singles title under his belt.
After losing the first set by a narrow margin, Evans managed to get one up on Federer and take the second set. The third one saw the 39-year-old save two crucial break points and stay alive in the match. He got the break he needed ultimately to reach the next round.
Currently ranked World No. 6, Federer is playing in his first competitive match in over a year. He will next face Nikoloz Basilashvili in the quarterfinal. He leads the Georgian 1-0 in the head to head tally.
Rising stars make it to WTA Dubai Quarterfinals
Among the many upsets delivered in the ongoing Dubai Tennis Championships, the most notable one was that of Karolina Pliskova. Seeded second for the tournament, the Czech No. 1 was beaten by World No. 36 Jessica Pegula 6-0, 6-2.
The 27-year-old American has had a brilliant season so far in 2021 with back to back quarterfinal and semifinal runs in the Australian Open and WTA Doha. She will next face the Belgian Elise Mertens in the final eight.
The day also saw Garbine Mugurza beat the reigning French Open champion, Iga Swiatek, 6-0, 6-4. Muguruza is coming off a runner-up feat in Doha last week, where she fell to Petra Kvitova in the final. Her quarterfinal opponent is Aryna Sabalenka, a top 10 player who has been in a menacing form this season.
Among other notable feats was that of the 19-year-old Russian Anastasia Potapova, who edged past the Swiss maestro Belinda Bencic in three sets. She will play Barbora Krejcikova, who is having quite a time in Dubai. She has beaten some prominent players like Maria Sakkari, Jelena Ostapenko, and Svetlana Kuznetsova already.
Potapova will be accompanied by the American teenager Cori Gauff in the quarterfinals, who dispatched the likes of Marketa Vondrousova and Tereza Martincova.