Swiss tennis superstar Roger Federer admitted he thought he had the match in his hands against Pablo Andujar but he then let his lead slip away.
On Tuesday, Federer, a record 20-time Grand Slam champion, returned to the clay courts for the first time since losing in the 2019 French Open semifinal.
Federer, a former world No. 1, clashed against a tricky Spaniard Andujar and lost in front of his home fans in Geneva.
Andujar, ranked at No. 75 in the world, handed a 6-4 4-6 6-4 loss to home favorite Federer in the Geneva round-of-16.
“Of course at 4-2 in the third you feel like, ‘Oh, that’s nice that I was able to turn around the match.’ You start feeling better and that’s when it dips and everything is over 10 minutes later,” Federer said after the match, as quoted on the ATP website. “But we know how tennis goes and that’s where it’s so brutal sometimes. But I feel like I didn’t deserve it at the end. There was just not enough happening in my game.”
Federer fell short of claiming a comeback win
The first break point was seen in the 10th game of the first set — when Andujar realized his first break point — which at the same time was the first set point — to win the opener.
After losing the first set in a disappointing way, Federer bounced back well as he broke Andujar in the third game of the second set to take a 2-1 lead.
The Swiss then routinely held on to his serve the rest of the set to force a decider,
After winning the second set, Federer made a nice start to the third set as he broke Andujar in the third game.
Federer led 4-2 after the opening six games of the third set but then Andujar claimed back-to-back breaks to win four games in a row and shock the Swiss.