'That would certainly be a defeat for Roger Federer', says former star

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'That would certainly be a defeat for Roger Federer', says former star

The main seeds of the AnyTech365 Andalucía Open are advancing steadily and are already in the quarterfinals of the tournament. The Spaniards Pablo Andújar (3) and Roberto Carballés (5) went through the round as did the first favorite of the women's draw, the Montenegrin Danka Kovinic.

Pablo Andújar from Cuenca was in charge of opening fire for the second consecutive day on the Manolo Santana central court. Under completely different weather conditions from the previous day and under the Marbella sun, the third favorite managed to impose his tennis in two sets against the German Yannick Hanfmann, closing the match with a resounding 6-0 on the scoreboard.Andújar's next opponent It will be the young Asian pearl Chun-hsin Tseng.

The tennis player from Taipei got rid of the Swedish Elias Ymer in two sets, executioner on the previous day of Stan Wawrinka. The other seeded Spaniard, Roberto Carballés Baena, also sealed his place in the next round in two tight sets against the Italian Federico Gaio.

The man from Tenerife will fight for a place in the semifinals against another favourite, the Czech Jiri Vesely (4) who won the Central European duel against the Slovakian Norbert Gombos. The day had an intense order of doubles play where the hard-fought victory in the “super tie break” of the duo formed by Stan Wawrinka and Pablo Andujar stood out.

Roger Federer has not played a competitive tennis match since the 2021 Wimbledon Championships and is recovering from knee surgery.

Waske on Roger Federer

Former tennis player Alexander Waske recently lavished praise on Roger Federer for staying authentic despite garnering fame and success.

"In my eyes, you're the greatest when you're not just successful but have changed the entire game. Roger Federer did that impressively. His elegance and playing style didn't exist before, plus this down-to-earth attitude.

I have the utmost respect for him, not only as a player but also as a person," Waske said. Alexander Waske said he hoped the World No. 26 could once again grace the tennis court, regardless of how short his comeback lasted.

The 46-year-old declared with conviction that the Swiss deserved to leave the sport "with dignity" and not just end his career on "sick leave." "Looking ahead to the rest of his career, I hope he doesn't end his career on sick leave.

That would certainly be a defeat for him. I wish it would boot up again and flash all its magic," Waske said. "For him, it's about leaving the tennis court with dignity and playing."