Roger Federer’s hopes of getting some matches under his belt before the French Open have been overturned. The Swiss maestro suffered a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 defeat to Pablo Andujar on the Geneva clay on Tuesday.
It was a disappointing return for Federer after a poor showing in Qatar back in March. While he may have signed up for the French Open, the World no. 8 will be prioritizing Halle and Wimbledon.
As rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic continue to dominate the headlines, all eyes will be on Federer at Roland Garros. With a lone title back in 2009, Federer has often struggled in the second Grand Slam of the year. And with only one appearance in France since 2016, it would be unrealistic of the Swiss to back himself to go all the way.
“When you’ve played so little and you know where your level is at, how can I think of winning the French Open?” he said.
“I’m realistic and I know I will not win the French and whoever thought I would or could win it is wrong. Of course crazier things might have happened, but I’m not so sure in the last 50 years of the French Open, somebody just rocks up at nearly 40 years old, being out for a year and a half, and wins everything straight.”
Odds of Roger Federer lifting his second French Open title
Federer is right on this one. With Nadal already bagging two titles on clay this season, there is no doubt that the Spaniard will be the heavy favorite heading into the French Open. While Novak Djokovic may have not clinched any title since the Australian Open, he put in an impressive performance in Rome.
And then players such as Dominic Thiem and Stefanos Tsitsipas, with the latter having a good season on the red-dirt. While Federer can never be counted out, it does not get any tougher for the 39-year-old.
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