Roger Federer: I know I will not win Roland Garros

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Roger Federer: I know I will not win Roland Garros

Record 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has said that he knows his limitations and that he does not expect to win the French Open. Federer, who captured his lone French Open title in 2009, kicked off his clay season this week in Geneva.

Unfortunately for the Swiss, his campaign in Geneva was a short one as he lost his opener at the tournament to Spaniard Pablo Andujar. Federer was playing his first match on clay since losing in the 2019 French Open semifinal.

"I'm just realistic, and I know I will not win the French. I know my limitations at the moment. It’s all based and used for the grass-court season or for the rest of the season. I’ve said it several times, for me the season really starts on the grass," Federer said, per We Are Tennis/Twitter.

Federer fell short of claiming a comeback win

Andujar beat Federer 6-4 4-6 6-4 to progress into the Geneva quarterfinal. Federer was up 4-2 in the third set, before Andujar claimed back-to-breaks to overturn the deficit and win the match.

“It’s good to be back on the court, but then you lost a match like this and you’re down. It never feels great. I was looking forward to playing here, no doubt about it,” 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 greatest way of trying to explain why and how it all happened. But of course there were moments where I was really happy to entertain the crowd and [I was] looking at the long road that I’ve been on from the comeback.

“Sure, it’s rewarding to be back on a tennis court. But I expect better from myself. I feel like in practice I’ve been playing better, even in practice here. But then again as we know, matches are a different animal. I’ve got my work cut out there”.