Disappointed Roger Federer will sharpen his focus on the summer grass season after crashing out in his comeback match on Tuesday at the ATP Geneva event.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner lost 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 to Spaniard Pablo Andujar after failing to hold a break in the final set.
The match was only the third for Federer since the 2020 Australian Open, prior to undergoing two knee operations in 2020 and testing his form over two matches in March at Doha.
While the 39-year-old will still compete at Roland Garros on the Paris clay from may 30, his heart is focussed on the grass season which will begin for him next month at Halle.
The German event has long been the Swiss ace’s preferred tune-up prior to Wimbledon.
“Roland Garros is not the goal. The goal is the grass, so I still have time,” said Federer.
“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.”
Federer continued to voice regrets over letting his Tuesday opportunity slip away.
“I was a bit limited today; Here in Geneva, in Switzerland, we always have a bit of altitude, so when you start to play in two minds, it gets very difficult.
“Obviously I wish I could have played more, but at the same time it is what it is now, so you’ve just got to accept it and move on.”
Main photo:- Roger Federer losing in three sets in Geneva – by ATPTour.com