Roger Federer: 'I can't win Roland Garros, those who think that are wrong'

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Roger Federer: 'I can't win Roland Garros, those who think that are wrong'

Competing in his third match of the season, Roger Federer suffered a tough 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 loss to Pablo Andujar in the Geneva Open second round. It was Roger's first match on clay since the 2019 Roland Garros defeat to Rafael Nadal, and he played well to open a 4-2 lead in the decider before fading from the court in the decisive moments.

The Swiss produced 12 comfortable holds and controlled the pace after the opener, rattling off one good service game after another before getting broken twice in a row to lose the advantage and propel the rival through. Disappointed about the outcome, Federer will try to play a couple of more matches at Roland Garros before his beloved grass season, hoping to get back at 100% by Halle and Wimbledon, where he won numerous titles in the past.

Speaking realistically, Federer admitted that he can't have a chance at the upcoming Roland Garros, saying he is not a title contender without form or matches in his legs.

Roger Federer suffered an early loss in Geneva ahead of Roland Garros.

"I think when you played so little, and you know where your level is at, and I think you saw that today, how can I think of winning the French Open? I'm just 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 in the last 50 years at the French Open, somebody just rocked up at 40-year-old, being out for a year and a half, and just go on to just win everything straight.

Regardless of whether you play tournaments or not, if you're back on the Tour or practicing again with top guys, you go through the rhythm... how it feels to be back on the Tour, and this is then how you 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 it's disappointing, but at the same time, this is the process I need to go through, and that's why I can't get too down on myself, and I need to go back to the drawing board," Roger Federer said.