Daniil Medvedev acknowledges greatness of Roger Federer

World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev was impressed to see record 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer make a winning return to the court after being sidelined for 14 months. 

Last week, Federer returned to action at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha, where he beat Daniel Evans in his opener before losing to eventual champion Nikoloz Basilashvili.

Medvedev, who achieved a career-high ranking of No. 2 in the world this week, praised former world No. 1 Federer.

“When you return after more than a year out on injury, normally you don’t put a ball in the court and you lose 6-2 6-2. That’s why he’s Roger.”

Federer returns to training 

After returning to competitive action in Doha, Federer decided not to play at this week’s Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

“It’s been great to be back on the @atptour, loved every minute playing in Doha once again. A big thank you to the best and loyal team that helped me get here. I’ve decided it’s best to go back to training and as a result, I’ve decided to withdraw from Dubai next week,” Federer announced in a Twitter post.

Shortly after losing to Basilashvili, Federer was undecided on his Dubai campaign. 

“I haven’t decided yet with the team. I was going to speak to them once the tournament is over here,” Federer said. “That’s the case now. So we’re going to do that probably tomorrow at some point or tonight, depending.

“But I didn’t want to talk about it after yesterday. Important was to rest and just think about the next match and actually enjoy also, honestly, the victory from yesterday was a big one. I got a ton of messages. 

“Everybody was so happy for me. I was really happy. From that standpoint I’ll decide probably in the next 24 hours, I would assume.”