Andujar defeats Federer 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 on the Gonet Geneva Open
Roger Federer, taking part in on residence soil in an ATP 250 occasion, took the court docket for simply the second time this season as he stepped away from competitors to rehab his proper knee. The thirty-nine-year-old former world #1, endured two knee surgical procedures in the course of the pandemic and returned to the tour in March in Doha, shedding to eventual champion, Nikoloz Basilashvili.
Pablo Andujar, a thirty-five-year-old tour veteran from Spain, at present ranked #80, achieved a career-high rating of #32 six years in the past. Andujar, with 4 profession titles – all on clay – continues to be working his manner again up the rankings following three elbow surgical procedures between 2016 and 2017. Extremely, after contemplating retirement, Andujar received his 4th title in 2018 and the next yr, reached the fourth spherical on the US Open – his greatest run at a slam.
In his pre-match press convention, Andujar said he was thrilled to lastly play the 20-time grand slam champion. Andujar received the toss and selected to serve, holding simply to 15 for 1-0.
Federer had a harder time in his opening service recreation regardless of making 6/8 first serves. He confronted a deuce level following a poorly executed drop shot however held for 1-1 behind two large serves on the following two factors.
Andujar confirmed zero nerves taking part in the Swiss maestro in Switzerland as he held at love for 2-1. Though he missed 4/6 first serves, Federer held to thirty for 2-2 with a monster serve out broad.
The Spaniard continued to work the Federer backhand extracting an error on recreation level for 3-2. Federer raced to a 40-0 lead behind an overhead smash and a well-struck forehand however quickly confronted 40-30 following two forehand errors consecutive factors. The #1 seed missed one other first serve however held when his opponent’s backhand return went broad.
Andujar got here to play, holding to 15 for 4-3 along with his first ace on recreation level. Regardless of lacking 3/4 first serves, Federer held at love for 4-4 using each shot in his huge arsenal together with the drop shot, forehand down the road, and backhand down the line.
Federer continued to use strain, securing the opening level on Andujar’s serve with a spectacular overhead smash down the road winner. Andujar maintained his focus and the lead, holding to 15 behind 4 unforced errors from his opponent. Federer, down 4-5, continued to overlook on first serve and following two unforced errors off the bottom on consecutive factors dropped the set.
The Spaniard served first within the second and held simply to 15 for 1-0. Federer might have missed 3/4 first serves however held at love behind a serve and volley and an excellent backhand down the line.
Andujar started lacking the primary serve and confronted break level when Federer crushed a crosscourt forehand and dumped serve when he netted a forehand. The world #8 illustrated why even after two knee surgical procedures and months off the tour, he ought to by no means be underestimated. The 2009 French Open champion consolidated the break at love with 4 consecutive colossal first serves and groundstroke winners.
Andujar returned the favor, holding at love for 2-3. Federer, apparently having discovered his groove, continued to pummel the inside-out and inside-in forehand. Protecting his opponent guessing, Federer threw within the serve and volley on recreation level for 4-2.
Andujar, serving with new balls, opened with an ace and held to 30 when his opponent netted the return. Federer, defying his opponent and mother-time, opened with an overhead smash and held at love for 5-3 with a deft backhand drop shot winner.
Andujar’s defensive abilities had been exemplary as Federer continued to tear the ball from the baseline. He held to 15 for 4-5, forcing his opponent to serve for the set. The group, small because it was, urged on their countryman as he served to drive a deciding set. Federer opened with an enormous serve and formidable crosscourt forehand and closed out the set with one other titanic serve and inside-out forehand winner.
Would Federer’s health face up to the onslaught of an skilled grime baller? Andujar served first within the third and held to 30 for 1-0. Federer continued to serve properly, hitting his second ace of the match as he held to 15 for 1-1. Andujar felt the total weight of his opponent’s will as Federer unleashed forehand winner after winner incomes three break factors and transformed for 2-1 with a forehand go.
Federer opened the fourth recreation along with his third ace and held at love for 3-1. He was now in full flight, seemingly in a position to place the ball wherever he desired. Andujar admirably acquitted himself, holding at love for 2-3 along with his 4th ace.
Federer, serving with new balls, as soon as once more held at love, hitting an inside-in forehand on recreation level for 4-2. Andujar maintaining it shut, despatched a message to his opponent hanging two consecutive aces for 3-4.
Federer missed too many first serves all through the match and it price him; Andujar reached break level following a forehand error and transformed with a exceptional inside-out forehand return.
Degree at 4-4, Andujar consolidated the break, holding to 15 with an excellent forehand down the road winner. Federer, serving to remain within the match at 4-5, saved two match factors with breathtaking winners off the bottom. The previous world #1 boldly withstood the strain however ultimately succumbed when he overcooked a crosscourt forehand.
After shut to 2 hours, Pablo Andujar overcame a worthy however not weary opponent. This was a well-played, exceedingly shut match wherein the Spaniard received simply three extra factors than his opponent (84/81). Roger Federer needs to be fairly happy along with his efficiency however will definitely look to enhance the serve which finally price him the match.
Whereas Andujar surprisingly hit extra aces than Federer (6/3) it was the second serve – factors received on serve and on the return – that decided the result of the match.
Andujar received 62% of second serve factors and 42% of second serve return factors whereas Federer
received 58% of second serve factors and 38% of second serve return factors.
Subsequent up, both the 18-year-old Swiss sensation, Dominic Stephan Stricker who took out former world #3 Marin Cilic, or the at all times tough Hungarian, world #44, Marton Fucsovics.