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Dan Evans putting friendship aside for shot at training partner Federer

It is somewhat ironic that the player Roger Federer has practised with for the past fortnight will again be standing across the net for the long-awaited comeback of the 20-times grand-slam winner at the Qatar Open today.

Dan Evans has gained a first-hand insight into the present state of one of the sport’s greats during an intense training block in Dubai, and now has the chance to get the better of him on the match court for what would be the best win of his career.

The British No 1 defeated France’s Jérémy Chardy 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 yesterday to set up a second-round showdown that will no doubt attract the eyes of most in the tennis world.

According to Evans, Federer is in good physical

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