Tennis great Roger Federer returned to action after nearly a year and a half of being away from the courts due to surgery. Federer took on Spaniard Pablo Andujar in Geneva and ended up losing 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.
Federer is coming back from two knee surgeries and is clearly not back to being 100 percent.
The time away from the game, the lack of practice due to COVID-19 restrictions in Switzerland and the fact that age is catching up with the 39 year old clearly showed in his performance against the 75th ranked Pablo Andujar.
There has been pressure on Roger Federer for the last few years to retire.
The Swiss legend has won 20 Grand Slam titles and is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport. There is nothing left for Federer to accomplish but he is determined to keep playing for now.
French Open and 2021 Olympics
The 2021 French Open starts on 24 May and will end on 13 June and Federer is taking part. However, he made it clear that he is not going in with any expectations because Roland Garros and its clay courts have always posed a big challenge for Federer. He said he was realistic and did not believe that he had a great chance to win the French Open based on his performance against Pablo Andujar.
Federer wants to use the French Open to get in as much match practice as he can against tough opponents and prepare for the grass court season. Wimbledon is a special to Roger Federer as he holds the all-time record of 8 grand slam wins. He would dearly like to get another title at Wimbledon and finish his career on a high as it is very clear that Federer is now very near to the end of his career.
He also told reporters that he was not thinking about the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Federer admitted that while he would love to represent Switzerland and win an Olympic Gold, he was unsure about how the 2020 Tokyo Olympics would play out. Japan is currently batting a rise in COVID-19 cases and is under emergency lockdown. There have been calls from multiple fronts for Japan to cancel the 2020 Olympics.
Federer said that if the Olympics are not postponed, he will make a decision as we get closer to the Olympics which start on 23 July.