Roger Federer loses second match of comeback
Roger Federer of Switzerland in action during his quarterfinal match with Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia in the Qatar ExxonMobil Open. MB Media

Roger Federer loses second match of comeback

The return of tennis living legend Roger Federer to competitive play after his 405-day absence was short-lived. 

On Thursday, the 39-year-old with 20 Grand Slam titles on his résumé fell to Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-3, 1-6, 5-7 at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open. While Federer looked like the player of old throughout the first set, he seemed to lose pace as the match continued despite putting up a valiant fight in the third and deciding set.  

"I'm happy [with] how I played today. I'm happy [with] how I did yesterday," Federer said in his post-match interview, per the official ATP website. "I'm happy I [am] back on the Tour. I'm pleased I came here to Doha. So it's really, really a positive return for me. I'm really happy." 

Federer defeated Dan Evans 7-6 (10-8), 3-6, 7-5 on Wednesday in his first meaningful contest in roughly 14 months since he participated in the 2020 Australian Open. The all-time great underwent multiple knee prucedures last year and missed February's Grand Slam at Melbourne Park that was won by Novak Djokovic, who is now two major titles away from tying Federer and Rafael Nadal for the men's record. 

Zac Wassink is a football and futbol aficionado who is a PFWA member and is probably yelling about Tottenham Hotspur at the moment. Erik Lamela and Eli Manning apologist. Chanted for Matt Harvey to start the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field. Whoops. You can find him on Twitter at @ZacWassink

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