For his comeback, two months after his last match, Roger Federer was beaten by Pablo Andujar (6-4, 4-6, 6-4) on Tuesday, in the second round of the Geneva tournament.
The entire tennis world had its eyes riveted on the ATP 250 tournament in Geneva on Tuesday afternoon. At home, Roger Federer, the man with 20 Grand Slam titles, made his return on a court. Without success: the Swiss lost (6-4, 4-6, 6-4) against the Spaniard Pablo Andujar, 75th player in the world.
Federer had already made a first comeback two months ago in Doha, the time of two games and a defeat in the quarterfinals against Nikoloz Basilashvili. Before that, he had not played a tournament since the Australian Open 2020. To find a trace of his previous match on clay, you have to go back 712 days and a half lost at Roland Garros against Rafael Nadal.
His only preparation for Roland
After a shy start, the Swiss won the first set, before conceding the second. In the third set, he first broke, leading 4-2, before conceding four games in a row to finally lose. His only preparation before his participation in Roland-Garros (from May 30 to June 13) lasted only 1 hour 52 minutes.
That shouldn’t be a concern if one is to believe recent statements from the one who is still world No.8, thanks to the freeze in the ATP rankings. “I have just finished the phase of fitness, of preparation, he declared Monday. Geneva and Roland-Garros, it is to start again. For me, it is almost like privileged training. I am delighted to see what it will give. Even if the results are not very important, it is important to play a lot of tennis and to forget a little about the rehabilitation and fitness side. “