In his third game of the season, Roger Federer suffered a heavy 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 loss to Pablo Andujar in one hour and 51 minutes. Competing on clay for the first time in two years, Roger controlled the pace in sets two and three to 4-2 in the decider, suddenly disappearing from the court and losing the final four games to push Andujar into the quarters.
Roger Federer on Alexander Zverev
Roger Federer was recently asked to clear the air on the split between his Management Agency – Team8 – and Alexander Zverev. Federer in response expressed support towards Zverev, but refused to get drawn into the domestic violence allegations leveled against the German by his ex-girlfriend Olga Sharypova. “Look, Sascha is a great guy,” Federer said. “I’m really happy for him when he does well. But I don’t get involved in those types of decisions, to be honest. I feel like if I get asked, I get asked, but otherwise… Well, I mean, of course I’m very close to Tony and Team8, but at the same time these are decisions that Tony takes, and the team,” Federer said. “I think that’s what I’ve heard, is that Sascha also wanted–there was an urge for a fresh start, and I think for Tony and the team as well – I’m not sure,” Federer added. “But I’m happy when Sascha does well, and all of the allegations, that’s super private stuff that I really don’t want to comment.” Roger Federer was then asked if the ATP should have a policy to combat issues such as domestic violence on tour. “We’re independent contractors, I guess, so it’s maybe more complicated than others? Uff, I don’t know,” Roger Federer continued. “I haven’t…I feel like this is something very personal, and I guess when you’re employed at a club or in a league it’s something very different, in my opinion, because then you get a salary from there.” The colors of the outfits as teased by Uniqlo ahead of Federer’s Geneva opener against Spaniard Pablo Andujar appear the same or close to the same as the ones that the champion has sported in practice. It’s understood that the new set of outfits will be made available for online sales from this month itself. The apparels will have surely piqued the interest of buyers, especially Federer fans, and it’s likely they will sell out in no time once they hit the brand’s online commercial space.