The action continued to unfold at the ATP 250 event in Doha and the WTA 1000-level tournament in Dubai. Many top names were forced to dig deep to advance past red-hot players, and one major champion scored his first victory after 14 long months away from the action.
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The 20-time Grand Slam champion was pushed to the max against Daniel Evans. Before Doha's round-of-16 encounter, the former No. 1 had never given up a set to the Brit. With so much time away from competitive play and Evans's great effort, Federer had to fight past the 30-year-old to walk away with a 7-6 (8), 3-6, 7-5 win.
The victory marks the Swiss star's first-match win since his quarterfinal win against Tennys Sandgren at the 2020 Australian Open.