Roger Federer was forced to take a break following the last year's Australian Open, staying away from the court for 13 months and undergoing two knee surgeries. Federer made a comeback this March in Doha, winning one match and taking another two months off before entering the home ATP 250 event in Geneva.
Seeking form ahead of Halle and Wimbledon, Federer could not chase the crown at the home event after suffering a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 loss to Pablo Andujar in an hour and 51 minutes. Competing on clay for the first time since the 2019 Roland Garros loss to Rafael Nadal, Roger found his rhythm against the Spaniard in set number two, producing sharp serves and groundstrokes and delivering one good hold after another to mount the pressure on the other side.
The Swiss sailed through his service games in set number two and grabbed an early break that forced a decider. Roger broke Pablo at 1-1 in the third set to forge a 4-2 advantage and move closer to the finish line after 12 consecutive commanding holds!
Instead of bringing the victory home, Federer started to spray errors and suffered breaks in games eight and ten to push Andujar over the finish line. Roger felt disappointed after the match, understanding it's a part of the process and hoping for a better run at the upcoming events.
Roger Federer wasted the advantage against Pablo Andujar in Geneva.
"I'm realistic, and I know I will not win the French, and whoever thought I would or could go all the way in Paris is wrong. Of course, crazier things might have happened, but I'm not so sure somebody achieved that at my age and after such a long break.
Regardless of whether you play tournaments or not, you go through the rhythm and start making better decisions. When I walk out of a match like today, I feel like, 'My God, I could play so much better.' It feels strange and disappointing, but at the same time, this is the process I need to go through, and that's why I can not get too down on myself, and I need to go back to the drawing board," Roger Federer said.