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Geneva Open 2021: Roger Federer return to ATP circuit marred by World No. 75 Pablo Andujar

20-time Grand Slam champions Roger Federer lost to World No. 75 Pablo Andujar in the Round of 16 of Geneva Open 2021 on Tuesday. Federer was seeded one in the tournament.

20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer (AP Image)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Top seed Roger Federer lost to World No. 75 Pablo Andujar in the Round of 16 of Geneva Open
  • The match was Roger Federer’s first since March 2021
  • The 39-year-old has participated in only 2 tournaments in the last 15 months

20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer was handed a shock defeat by world number 75 Pablo Andujar in the Round of 16 of Geneva Open 2021 on Tuesday.

Notably, the match was 39-year-old’s first since March this year, and the tournament was his second in past 15 months. After the Australian Open 2020, the Swiss great played in the Qatar Open where he managed to reach the quarter-final.

The match saw the Spaniard win the first set 6-4 but Federer showed some rhythm and grabbed the second set with a similar margin. In the third and decisive set, the 35-year-old showed tremendous grit to stun the world number 8 and enter the quarter-final with 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 win.

It was also Roger Federer’s first match on clay in almost two years, since a semifinal loss to Rafael Nadal at the 2019 French Open.

Federer was top-seeded for the Geneva Open, which is just his second tournament in the past 15 months after having two surgeries on his right knee.

“When you come back from an injury, you’re in a different place than everyone else,” the 39-year-old Federer said Monday. “I am excited about the comeback and won’t be focused on being at the same level as Rafa (Nadal) or Novak (Djokovic) right now,” Federer had said ahead of the match.

Pablo Andujar had also expressed his excitement of facing the legendary tennis player for the first time in his career.

“It was something that I wanted, to have a match against Roger, just to tell my kids and my grandkids when I get older that I played him,” Andujar told reporters.

“I think when you play Rafa, Novak and Roger … these guys became myths, (they are) something above the sport. I would say that the most important is that they grew the sport.”

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