Rogic Federer returned to tennis action on Wednesday afternoon – and there was something different about him.

Federer’s on-court performance was as elegant as ever, but his movement was aided by his new tennis shoes: On’s “THE ROGER Pro”.

On – who trade mainly in running gear – made the move to tennis to provide “one-of-a-kind” footwear to the 20-time Grand Slam champion.

Federer first signed with On in late 2019 (Hypebeast) but the shoes worn in Doha were the first made by the company for the Swiss star.

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That meant that Federer wasn’t sporting any Nike gear in the clash against Britain’s Dan Evans.

Federer famously left the global sportswear company in July 2018 – joining UNIQLO.

But he still modelled his former brand’s shoes – while On worked on their prototype.

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How did Federer fare with his new shoes?

The Swiss star was certainly tested on his return to the court.

Evans, who has already tasted success on the ATP Tour in 2021, ran the world number 6 close in the opening set – losing it 10-8 on a tiebreak.

The Brit then won the second set 6-3 and was well in the match up until the final game, as he was broken by Federer to lose the final set 7-5.

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Federer will face Nikoloz Basilashvili in the quarter-finals tomorrow as he bids for a first title since winning the Swiss Indoors in October 2019.

But more than anything else, it was just lovely to see him back.

2021 is already an upgrade on its predecessor