Swiss tennis star Roger Federer has admitted that he does not expect to end up winning it all at the French Open. Federer, ranked at No. 8 in the world, kicked off his clay season this week at the Geneva Open and ended up losing his opener to Pablo Andujar.
"I'm just realistic, and I know I will not win the French. I know my limitations at the moment. It’s all based and used for the grass-court season or for the rest of the season. I’ve said it several times, for me the season really starts on the grass," Federer said, per We Are Tennis/Twitter.
Federer suffered a tight loss to Andujar as the Spaniard won 6-4 4-6 6-4. “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 before Andujar won four games in a row to steal the third set from the Swiss. “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. “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. But again I thought he played good down the stretch and I just couldn’t come up with the goods”.