Roger Federer stated it was time to return to the drafting board after the Swiss tennis nice misplaced the primary match of his comeback-proper in Geneva on Tuesday. In his first outing for 2 months, the 39-year-old misplaced 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 to Spanish clay courtroom specialist Pablo Andujar to wreck his hopes of stringing a run of matches collectively forward of a collection of tournaments that features the French Open, Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics. Federer tentatively returned to the courts in Doha in March, having been out for greater than a 12 months following two knee surgical procedures, profitable his first match earlier than dropping his second.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion hoped to seek out some type on the Geneva clay however tumbled on the first hurdle in his first defeat on dwelling soil in seven and a half years.
“I do know my limitations in the meanwhile,” Federer instructed reporters.
“Individuals anticipate so much from me and I’ve excessive expectations for myself. So after I stroll out of a match and really feel I may have performed so significantly better, it feels unusual and it is disappointing.
“That is the method I must undergo. I am unable to get too down on myself.
“I want to return to the drafting board and speak to the staff and say ‘what is the plan right here for the subsequent 10 days?’.
“What did they see from the surface that possibly I did not see and really feel? There’s going to be a number of conversations.”
– Flashes of previous magic –
The French Open begins on Might 30, however Federer stated anybody who thought he may problem for the clay courtroom Grand Slam title was merely “improper”.
Federer, who holds a report eight Wimbledon titles, stated: “Actually, the season begins on the grass.”
The world quantity eight waved to the few dozen masked spectators dotted across the Eaux-Vives centre courtroom, with the attendance restricted resulting from native coronavirus restrictions.
Followers gathered within the woods outdoors the tennis membership for a glimpse of Federer via the fence.
The highest seed appeared comfortable in his motion however took a little bit of time to get into his groove towards the world quantity 75, who has 4 clay courtroom titles to his title.
Federer received solely 40 p.c of his first serves in through the first set, which he misplaced by overhitting a second serve.
Within the second set, Federer received his first service sport to like then broke for a 2-1 lead.
He started to point out flashes of the previous magic, throwing in occasional backhand drop photographs.
He overhit his first set level however made no mistake with the second.
Federer broke to go 2-1 up within the second set, drawing Andujar to the online and beating him with a backhand passing shot.
Andujar broke again to make it 4-4 and held serve to depart Federer serving to remain within the match.
Andujar had two match factors however Federer pulled it again to deuce earlier than misfiring handy his opponent victory.
Federer shook his head as he walked to the online, whereas Andujar, 35, appeared like he couldn’t imagine what he had pulled off, in what was remarkably their first match regardless of the Spaniard having turned skilled in 2003.
Former world primary Federer went into the competition with a 32-match profitable streak on dwelling soil.
His most up-to-date loss in Switzerland got here in October 2013 within the Swiss Indoors Basel last towards Juan Martin del Potro.
Andujar will face both Marton Fucsovics, the 2018 Geneva winner, or Swiss teenager Dominic Stricker, the 2020 French Open boys’ champion, within the quarter-finals.
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