Roger Federer: The grass is the goal, not Roland Garros

Record 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer admitted that he failed to deliver his best game in the key moments of his Geneva clash against Pablo Andujar. 

Federer, who had a first round bye in Geneva, kicked off his campaign at the tournament on Tuesday. 

Unfortunately for Federer and his fans, Andujar claimed a 6-4 4-6 6-4 win to shock the Swiss.

After winning the second set to force a decider, Federer took a 4-2 lead in the third set. 

Just when it seemed that Federer would complete a comeback win, Andujar won four games in a row to overturn the deficit and win the match. 

“I just could feel that [as] the moment was getting tougher, the game wasn’t there. Obviously [I was] missing way too much maybe to come through even though [I was up] 4-3 and a break. The chances were all there,” Federer said, per the ATP website. “But again I thought he played good down the stretch and I just couldn’t come up with the goods.”

Federer focused on the grass season 

Federer was playing his first match on clay since the 2019 French Open. 

“Roland Garros is not the goal. The goal is the grass, so I still have time,” Federer said. “I’m disappointed for the tournament more than anything. I wish I could have stayed around and played some more matches for the people here because the atmosphere still is, considering [the circumstances], very good, and they seemed very happy to see me here.”

As expected, Federer felt disappointed after losing early in Geneva.

“I was a bit limited today I felt on the court and obviously here in Geneva, in Switzerland, we always have a bit of altitude, so when you start to play in two minds, it gets very difficult,” Federer said. “Obviously I wish I could have played more, but at the same time it is what it is now, so you’ve just got to accept it and move on.”

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