Roger Federer misplaced his comeback match after two months away, falling to Pablo Andujar 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 within the second spherical of the Geneva Open on Tuesday.
Federer’s first match on clay in virtually two years saved him on courtroom for nearly two hours in solely his second match because the 2020 Australian Open. The previous 15 months have included two surgical procedures on his proper knee.
Within the decisive set, the top-seeded Federer compelled a service break and led 4-2 earlier than Andujar rallied. The previous saved two match factors on his serve, however the third ended with a wayward forehand underneath stress on the baseline.
Andujar put his fingers to his head after clinching victory and exchanged an virtually apologetic smile with Federer on the internet.
The 39-year-old Federer and 35-year-old Andujar have been taking part in one another for the primary time on the Tour.
Earlier than occurring courtroom, Federer was a spectator for a part of the ATP Tour debut of maybe the most effective prospect in Swiss males’s tennis since his personal rise within the Nineties.
With Federer watching among the match, 18-year-old Dominic Stephan Stricker beat former U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic 7-6(5), 6-1 within the first spherical.
The Swiss left-hander, who served 9 aces, broke Cilic’s serve 4 occasions and was damaged twice.
Second spherical: Pablo Andujar bt Roger Federer 6-4, 4-6, 6-4; First spherical: Marco Cecchinato bt Stefano Travaglia 6-3, 3-0, retd.; Feliciano Lopez bt Daniel Altmaier 7-6(6), 6-4; Marton Fucsovics bt Henri Laaksonen 7-5, 7-5; Ilya Ivashka bt Fernando Verdasco 7-6(5), 6-4; Pablo Cuevas bt Reilly Opelka 7-6(5), 6-2; Dominic Stephan Stricker bt Marin Cilic 7-6(5), 6-1; Fabio Fognini bt Guido Pella 6-2, 6-2.