Roger Federer: ‘I even laughed internally on certain points that we played’

Record 20 Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has said he knows his limitations and does not expect to win the French Open. Federer, who captured his only French Open title in 2009, kicked off his clay season this week in Geneva. Unfortunately for the Swiss, his campaign in Geneva was short as he lost his first match in the tournament to Spanish Pablo Andujar. Federer was playing his first match on clay since he lost in the 2019 French Open semi-final. “I am realistic, and I know that I will not beat France. I know my limitations at the moment. Everything is based and used for the grass season or for the rest of the season. I have said it several times.” Andujar beat Federer 6-4 4-6 6-4 to advance to the Geneva quarterfinals. Federer was up 4-2 in the third set, before Andujar claimed back-to-breaks to reverse the deficit and win the match. “It’s good to be back on the court, but then you lost a game like this and you’re down. It never feels good. I really wanted to play here, there’s no doubt about that, ”Federer said shortly after losing to Andujar. “But this is a press conference where I have to explain how I feel about losing, which is never the best way to try to explain why and how it all happened. But of course, there were times when he was very happy to entertain the crowd and [was] looking at the long road I’ve been on since coming back. “Sure, it’s gratifying to be back on a tennis court. But I expect better from myself. I feel that in training I have played better, even in training here. But again, as we know, matches are a different animal. I have a lot of work there.” The 39-year-old’s last appearance on clay was at Roland Garros 2019, where he lost in the semifinals to Rafael Nadal. Speaking about that experience in his press conference on Monday, Federer claimed he played a “good” tournament but that the semifinal was “dead” because of bad weather conditions.

Roger Federer spoke about his last appearance on the red dirt 

“It was a good tournament. I played well,” Roger Federer said. “This match against Rafa was of course completely dead with the wind. I saw everything against him, but it was finally quite funny in these conditions. There are some exchanges that you normally cannot play at all.” The Spaniard then went on to lift the trophy in the final against Dominic Thiem, but Federer on his part was left wondering whether he would ever play at Roland Garros again. “Afterwards, I was not at all disappointed,” the Swiss said. “Sometimes, I even laughed internally on certain points that we played. I was happy to have played in Paris at the time. At that time, I didn’t know if I even wanted to replay Roland Garros in my career.”

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