Returning to action for only the second time in the past 15 months, Roger Federer decided to step onto the clay court this spring and compete in Geneva and Paris for his favorite grass-court tour. Seeking form ahead of Halle and Wimbledon, Federer failed to make a name for himself at the ATP 250 home event in Geneva, losing to Pablo Andujar 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 after one 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 strong serves and groundstrokes and delivering one good serve turn after another to increase.
pressure on the other side. The Swiss sailed through his service games in set number two and took an early break that forced a decider. Pablo suffered a break at 1-1 in the final set, with Federer opening up a 4-2 lead. Instead of closing the match, Federer began adding errors and suffered breaks in games eight and ten to lose the advantage and push Andújar to the finish line.
Roger was disappointed after the match, understanding that he is part of the process and hoping for a better turnout at Roland Garros, Halle and Wimbledon. "I think when you played so little, and you know what your level is, and I think you have seen it today, how can I think about winning the French Open? I am realistic and I know that I will not win the French tournament, and whoever thought that I would go or could go to Paris is wrong.
Of course, crazier things could have happened, but I'm not so sure that in the last 50 years at the French Open, someone just showed off at 40, was out for a year and a half, and just goes on to win everything directly."
Corretja talks about Roger Federer
Roger Federer is 39 years of age, while Rafael Nadal will turn 35 this June.
As such, it is evident that the Spaniard has more years of tennis left than Federer. Alex Corretja thinks the same, and in an interview on Tuesday he claimed that Roger Federer will be keen to sign off on a high given the little time he has left on tour.
"I would be surprised if he (Roger Federer) played many more years," Corretja said. "I think Federer is preparing to say goodbye in a big way and getting ready to come back to compete with everything. It is what you are looking for." Alex Corretja also gave his two cents on the rise of the Next Gen in men's tennis.
"For me, we are closer to the relay because those below have already seen that they can," Corretja said. "Although Novak has won in Australia, they are already beginning to realize that there are tournaments in which everything has been complicated and that was very difficult before."