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Roger Federer Drops Out Of The Geneva Open For The First Time In 2 Months.

Roger Federer played his first match since Doha in March.

Wednesday, 19th May 2021


After losing the first match of his comeback-proper in Geneva on Tuesday, Roger Federer said it was time to go back to the drawing board. The 39-year-hopes old's of stringing together a streak of matches ahead of a series of tournaments that includes the French Open, Wimbledon, and the Tokyo Olympics were dashed when he lost 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 to Spanish clay court specialist Pablo Andujar in his first outing in two months. Federer made a tentative return to the courts in Doha in March after a year off due to two knee operations, winning his first match before losing his second.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion was hoping to reclaim his form on the Geneva clay, but he fell at the first hurdle, suffering his first loss on home soil in nearly seven years.

"Right now, I'm aware of my limits," Federer told reporters.

"I know people have high expectations of me, and I have high expectations of myself." So it's odd and disappointing when I leave a game feeling like I should have done so much better.

"This is the procedure I would follow. I can't be too critical of myself.

"I need to go back to the drawing board and ask the team, "What are your plans for the next 10 days?"

"What did they see and feel from the outside that I didn't? There will be a great deal of discussion."

The French Open begins on May 30, and Federer said everyone who felt he might win the clay-court Grand Slam was clearly "wrong."

"Really, the season starts on the grass," Federer, who has won a record eight Wimbledon titles, said.

Due to local coronavirus limits, the world number eight waved to the few hundred masked spectators scattered around the Eaux-Vives centre court.

Outside the tennis club, fans gathered in the woods to catch a glimpse of Federer through the fence.

The top seed seemed at ease on the court, but it took him a while to find his stride against the world number 75, who has won four clay court titles.

During the first set, Federer only hit 40% of his first serves, and he lost the set by overhitting a second serve.

Federer broke for a 2-1 lead in the second set after winning his first service game to love.

He started to display flashes of his old magic, including backhand drop shots on occasion.

He missed his first set point but reached the second one perfectly.

In the second set, Federer broke to go up 2-1, drawing Andujar to the net and beating him with a backhand passing shot.

Andujar came back to tie the game at 4-4 and kept serve, forcing Federer to serve to stay in the match.

Andujar had two match points, but Federer fought back to deuce before misfiring and handing the match to his opponent.

Federer shook his head as he walked to the net, while Andujar, 35, looked as though he couldn't believe what he'd accomplished in their first match, despite the Spaniard turning professional in 2003.

Federer, the former world number one, entered the match with a 32-match winning streak on home soil.

His most recent defeat in Switzerland came in the Swiss Indoors Basel final against Juan Martin del Potro in October 2013.

In the quarterfinals, Andujar will play either Marton Fucsovics, the 2018 Geneva winner, or Swiss teenager Dominic Stricker, the 2020 French Open boys' champion.

The News Talkie Bureau

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