Former world No. 1 Roger Federer was looking forward to playing in Geneva and he felt disappointed after losing his opener at the tournament.
Federer, now ranked at No. 8 in the world, had a first round bye in Geneva before losing to Pablo Andujar.
Andujar, a Spanish veteran, handed home favorite Federer a 6-4 4-6 6-4 loss.
Federer was playing his first match on clay since losing in the 2019 French Open semifinal.
“It’s good to be back on the court, but then you lost a match like this and you’re down. It never feels great. I was looking forward to playing here, no doubt about it,” Federer said, per the ATP website. “But this is a press conference where I have to explain how I feel about losing, which is never the greatest way of trying to explain why and how it all happened. But of course there were moments where I was really happy to entertain the crowd and [I was] looking at the long road that I’ve been on from the comeback.
“Sure, it’s rewarding to be back on a tennis court. But I expect better from myself. I feel like in practice I’ve been playing better, even in practice here. But then again as we know, matches are a different animal. I’ve got my work cut out there.”
Federer had his chances
Federer led 4-2 in the third set, before surrendering back-to-back breaks and losing the last four games of the match.
“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. “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.”