Those who expected to see a Roger Federer in great shape in a short time were inevitably disappointed. The Swiss phenomenon left the scene on his debut in the home tournament, the ATP in Geneva, in what was his first ever participation.
The former world number 1 was surprised by Pablo Andujar, but the way in which the defeat came to cause concern is above all. Ahead of a break in the third and decisive set, the 20-time Grand Slam champion completely lost his serve and forehand and ended up collecting a streak of four consecutive games.
King Roger will therefore present himself at Roland Garros with very little confidence, moreover on the surface less suited to his characteristics. With about a month and a half to go before Wimbledon, his great goal of the season, further doubts can arise.
In a long interview granted to the New York Times, his former coach Paul Annacone took stock of the situation in this regard. According to the American coach, it will not be easy for Federer to find the necessary continuity.
Paul Annacone on Roger Federer
"I think this is way different from four years ago, and 35 is way different than closing in on 40," Paul Annacone said. Roger Federer will play Roland Garros next, but he will go into the claycourt Slam with only one match under his belt on the surface.
"I think Paris is going to be really challenging for him," Annacone said. "But if the body sustains itself and maintains good health and he gets enough reps, Roger’s not going to go into the grass season not thinking he can win Wimbledon.
He'll say all the right stuff, but in his heart of hearts, he knows he can win that tournament. The less dominant you are, the more that aura of invincibility starts to dissipate just a tad," Annacone said. "And it only needs to dissipate a tad to make a difference.
The locker room antenna is up." Much like Roger Federer, Serena Williams is also looking to make a winning return to clay this year. "The expectations for both of them are so rough," Annacone said. "As soon as there’s a loss, there are all these sweeping conclusions.
They are at the peril of their own brand, so to speak. They can definitely still be great, but I’ll be interested to see if they can stay great for a whole match, a whole tournament." Tennis has had many greats, but rarely do they come close to the Swiss great, Roger Federer.
Over the years, the Swiss ace has enjoyed tremendous success. However, he has had his fair share of losses too. He is known for his cool and calm demeanor, and he manages to maintain his composure even in the face of grave losses.
However, on a rare instance, Federer lost his cool and yelled at the crowd. It happened during his match quarterfinal match at Roland Garros against Juan Martin del Potro.