Roger Federer’s return to clay courts was short-lived, as he was defeated by Pablo Andujar in three sets in the second round of Geneva Open 2021. The Swiss was playing his second tournament of the season, and his first clay court tournament in two years. The 39-year was not up to his usual standards, but will certainly take a few positives from his loss.
Pablo Andujar defeated the Swiss maestro by a score line of 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. It is a dream come true for the Spaniard, who had always dreamt of playing against Roger Federer. Andujar is an experienced campaigner, and has grown up playing on clay courts. As a result, it was always a tricky opener for the Swiss. Federer will now compete at the French Open 2021, which commences from May 30. The 20 time Grandslam champion has already stated that he has low expectations from the clay court season, and his main aim is to return to his 100% by Wimbledon.
Pablo Andujar believes Roger Federer will be at his best again
Pablo Andujar was humble after his victory over Roger Federer on Tuesday. This can be termed as the most special victory of his career so far. The Spaniard stated that the Swiss is a legend, and will return to his best soon.
“If he is 100% fit, Federer will be at his best again. He is so talented, a legend. I mean, he is Roger Federer, not Pablo Andujar,” said Andujar.
Pablo Andujar has been in amazing form in Geneva this week, after booking a quarterfinals berth on Tuesday. The 35-year old defeated Jordan Thompson in straight sets in the first round, and dropped just four games in the entire match. After his thrilling victory over Roger Federer, the Spaniard will back himself to go all the way this week in Geneva.