It was just the 20-time Grand Slam champ’s second competition since the 2020 Australian Open
Roger Federer – the 20-time Grand Slam champion- – played his first match on dirt in almost two years. Notwithstanding, it wasn’t the rebound that the incredible tennis player had expected.
The 39-year-old star, who had two medical procedures on his correct knee in the course of recent months, fell 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 to Pablo Andujar in the second round of the Geneva Open on Tuesday. It was just his second competition since the 2020 Australian Open.
“It (losing) never feels great,” Federer said. “Looking at the long road that I have been on from the comeback, sure it’s rewarding to be back on a tennis court but you know I expect better from myself.”
Federer conceded after the match that “there was sufficiently not occurring in my game.”
“I was a bit limited today, I felt, on the court. It is what it is. You just have to accept it and move on,” Federer added.
In spite of the cutback, Federer is as yet positioned No. 8 on the planet by the Association of Tennis Professionals. Next up for Federer is the French Open, which was the host of his latest match on earth. Back in 2019, he tumbled to Rafael Nadal in the elimination round of the competition.
“Roland Garros is not the goal,” Federer said. “The goal is the grass so I still have time.”