Roger Federer misplaced his first clay-court match in virtually two years as Spain’s Pablo Andujar fought again to win the deciding third set in Geneva.
The 39-year-old Swiss, enjoying for the primary time since shedding in Doha in March, was crushed 6-4 4-6 6-4.
Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, led 4-2 within the third set, just for Andujar to win the ultimate 4 video games.
“I count on higher from myself. Matches are a unique animal so I’ve obtained my work minimize on the market,” stated Federer.
“I really feel like in apply I have been enjoying higher.
“It is good to be again on the court docket however you then lose a match like this and also you’re down. It by no means feels nice.”
Federer was enjoying solely his second match since January 2020 after two knee operations. On his return in Doha, he beat British primary Dan Evans earlier than shedding within the second spherical to Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili.
He was enjoying Geneva within the hope of a string of matches to arrange for the French Open, which begins on 30 Could at Roland Garros.
Nevertheless, the larger focus for the eight-time Wimbledon champion is guaranteeing he’s near his peak for the grass-court Grand Slam on the All England Membership on 28 June.
Andujar, ranked seventy fifth on the planet, is taken into account a clay-court specialist, having received all of his 4 profession titles on the floor.