Swiss maestro Roger Federer, who played his first clay-court match this year at the Geneva Open, suffered a surprising defeat at the hands of Spaniard Pablo Andujar. Federer left the court disappointed after leading the third set, before throwing the match away. The Swiss star started the first round match in his homeland on a positive note as he gradually continued to find momentum. After losing the first set to the Spaniard, Federer played his usual aggressive style of play in the second set and won it comfortably. However, it was the third set in which Federer lost momentum towards the end as he played three bad games in a row and lost the match to Andujar, 4-6.6-4.4-6. The Swiss star got too defensive in the comeback and missed many shots in the process. “I am realistic and I know I will not beat the French” – Roger Federer Furthermore, the Spaniard made sure to keep the score as close as possible and did not allow Federer to win another break point in the third set. The last three games of the final set were neglected by the Swiss star, as this sudden lack of intention opened the doors for Pablo Andujar to record one of the biggest victories of his career. Speaking to reporters after the loss, Federer expressed his disappointment at the way he tackled the crucial points in the final set. The Swiss master also downplayed his chances at the upcoming French Open and clearly mentioned that he was not the favorite for the title. “I am simply realistic and I know that I will not beat the French. Whoever thought that I could win it, is wrong. Of course, crazier things could have happened, but I’m not so sure that in the last 50 years at the French Open someone just showed off at 40, was out for a year and a half, and just won everything outright, or inside. five sets, or whatever you want to call it,” Federer said. The 2009 French Open champion once again stressed that his actual season will begin on grass pitches. But, if Federer enters the grass season after losing in the first round at Roland Garros, the Swiss’s chances of success will be reduced.
Roger Federer’s claycourt season had a rough start
Roger Federer’s claycourt season had a rough start on Tuesday, as he lost to Pablo Andujar in three sets in the second round of the 2021 Gonet Geneva Open. But Federer is not too disheartened by the defeat, and during his post-match presser he even claimed that he knows he doesn’t have a chance of winning Roland Garros. “It wasn’t dramatic but I just made too many mistakes,” Federer said. “It is disappointing but I have to accept it as part of the process and move on. I have a lot of work ahead of me. My goal is the grass court season, not Roland Garros,” Federer said. “Next weeks will be important to get used to the tour again. Matches are different than training sessions. I know I will not win the French Open,” Roger Federer said. “I’m not so sure in the last 50 years in Paris somebody rocked up at 40 years old, being out for a year and a half, and wins everything straight or in five sets. I’m disappointed for the tournament more than anything,” Roger Federer said. “I was expecting better from myself. I know my limitations at the moment but that doesn’t mean I’m not gonna be hard to beat,” he added. “What is important are the next weeks, getting used to be back on the tour again.”