The 20-time major winner, who returned to action after almost 14 months, during which time his knee went under the knife twice, tweeted his withdrawal following his quarterfinal exit in his comeback tournament in Doha this week.
Federer, an eight-time champion in Dubai, said: “It’s been great to be back on the @atptour, loved every minute playing in Doha once again. I’ve decided it’s best to go back to training and as a result, I’ve decided to withdraw from Dubai next week.”
It’s been great to be back on the @atptour , loved every minute playing in Doha once again. 🙌🏼A big thank you to t… https://t.co/iUNYdkzTvU
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) 1615503565000
The world No. 6 fell to Nikoloz Basilashvili in Doha on Thursday.
“I’m actually happy that I was able to play back-to-back three-set matches against top players. That’s an important step forward for me,” he said.
Federer aded, “I’m not 100 percent yet. It’s important to be 100 percent by the grass-court season. I’m still building up.”