Roger Federer plays his third match of the season against another veteran Pablo Andujar in Geneva. It’s the first meeting between two experienced rivals and the one that the Spaniard will never forget, ready to talk about it to his kids and grandkids! Pablo had to skip 13 months in 2016 and 2017 due to an injury, bouncing back and knowing exactly how tough it is for Roger to overcome severe knee issues and two surgeries in February and May last year. Praising the Swiss, Andujar talked about his elegance and talent that should be a part of every tennis school and academy.
Pablo Andujar shared thoughts about playing Roger Federer for the first time.
“I’m really excited. It was something that I wanted, to play against Roger, just to tell my kids and my grandkids when I get older that I played him. This is something that I was looking for. I played Rafa and Novak, and I had to close that circle; I knew I wouldn’t have many opportunities because years go on. I’m really excited to play Roger in Switzerland as well. I think when you play Rafa, Novak and Roger, these guys became myths. They are something above the sport. Of course, Roger’s elegance is something unique, and that is in all the tennis schools; we see him with the technique and everything. I would say that the most important is that they grew the sport and now they are above the sport. I feel sympathy with all of the players that have been struggling with long-term injuries, and of course, Roger is one of them.
I know how difficult it is because sometimes you try to come back, and then it hurts. At least it did for me, and you have a lot of doubts; it’s challenging for your mentality. But I think with the level he’s got and how he plays, if he is 100% fit, he will be Roger Federer once again. In that sense, it will probably not be as hard as it was for me to come back to my level. Of course, when you come back after a long time without playing, you don’t feel the same way as when you’ve played a lot of matches in the past weeks. But we’re talking about Roger Federer and not Pablo Andujar, which is probably the big difference. He’s so talented; even if he hasn’t played so many matches, I think he can reach the previous level from a couple of years ago,” Pablo Andujar said.