Former world No. 1 Roger Federer was clearly disappointed after losing his opener in Geneva. Federer, ranked at No. 8 in the world, lost to Pablo Andujar as the Spaniard won 6-4 4-6 6-4 to progress into the Geneva quarterfinal.
“It’s good to be back on the court, but then you lost a match like this and you’re down. It never feels great. I was looking forward to playing here, no doubt about it,” Federer said. “But this is a press conference where I have to explain how I feel about losing, which is never the greatest way of trying to explain why and how it all happened.
But of course there were moments where I was really happy to entertain the crowd and [I was] looking at the long road that I’ve been on from the comeback. “Sure, it’s rewarding to be back on a tennis court.
But I expect better from myself. I feel like in practice I’ve been playing better, even in practice here. But then again as we know, matches are a different animal. I’ve got my work cut out there”.
Federer had the lead
Federer was up 4-2 in the third set but then lost three consecutive games and ended up losing the match.
“Of course at 4-2 in the third you feel like, ‘Oh, that’s nice that I was able to turn around the match.’ You start feeling better and that’s when it dips and everything is over 10 minutes later,” Federer said.
“But we know how tennis goes and that’s where it’s so brutal sometimes. But I feel like I didn’t deserve it at the end. There was just not enough happening in my game”. Federer admitted he failed to deliver in the key moments.
“I just could feel that [as] the moment was getting tougher, the game wasn’t there. Obviously [I was] missing way too much maybe to come through even though [I was up] 4-3 and a break. The chances were all there,” Federer said.
“But again I thought he played good down the stretch and I just couldn’t come up with the goods”. Federer will also play the French Open but his goal remains to be at his best during the grass season. “Roland Garros is not the goal.
The goal is the grass, so I still have time,” Federer said. “I’m disappointed for the tournament more than anything. I wish I could have stayed around and played some more matches for the people here because the atmosphere still is, considering [the circumstances], very good, and they seemed very happy to see me here”.