Swiss tennis superstar Roger Federer admitted that he thought he had the match on his hands against Pablo Andujar, but then let his lead slip away. On Tuesday, Federer, a record 20-time Grand Slam champion, returned to the clay courts for the first time since he lost in the 2019 French Open semi-final.
Federer, former world No. 1, faced Spain's Andujar and lost to his local fans in Geneva. Andujar, ranked No. 75 in the world, lost 6-4 4-6 6-4 to local favorite Federer in the round of 16 in Geneva. "Of course with 4-2 in the third you feel like, 'Oh, it's good that I was able to turn the game around' You start to feel better and that's when it goes down and everything is more than 10 minutes later," Federer said after of the match, as quoted on the ATP website.
“But we know how tennis is going and that's where it is so brutal sometimes. But I feel like I didn't deserve it in the end. It just wasn't happening enough in my game." The first break point was seen in the tenth game of the first set, when Andujar realized his first break point, which at the same time was the first set point, to win the first set.
After losing the first set in a disappointing fashion, Federer recovered well when he broke Andujar in the third game of the second set to take a 2-1 lead. The Swiss then routinely kept his serve the rest of the set to force a decider.
After winning the second set, Federer made a good start in the third set when he broke Andujar in the third game. Federer led 4-2 after the first six games of the third set, but then Andujar claimed back-to-back breaks to win four games in a row and surprise the Swiss.
Andujar on beating Roger Federer
Pablo Andujar staged a massive upset on Tuesday by beating Roger Federer 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in the second round of the 2021 Geneva Open. The Spaniard trailed 4-2 in the decider but played some solid tennis to snatch victory from right under Federer's nose.
"As [far as wins, this is] number one for sure," Andujar said. "To win a tournament could be more emotional, but this is something I think I will remember my whole life. It’s amazing. I still cannot believe it because for me, I said yesterday playing him was a dream.
But of course beating him is another level," Andujar told ATPTour.com. "It’s very emotional to play him and to beat him, given the conditions for him coming back and he’s not for sure playing his best tennis. But it really counts a lot to me and it’s very important for me and for the rest of my career."