Roger playing in his home country tournament in Geneva came unstuck against Spaniard Pablo Andujar in three sets in the round of 16. Federer was looking to brush off the clay court rust in his first match back on the surface in almost 2 years. He was off to a good start showing he is the best in terms of an all round game. Watch 2-2 on Pablo’s serve , Roger leading 15-0. The best clay court players keep their opponents deep away from the baseline, paving the way for either a backhand or a forehand winner, Rogers does that here. It was disappointing , although unsurprising , that unforced errors would start creeping into his tennis given the limited amount of times Fed has played. Watch set point by Pablo at 5-4(40-30) on Roger’s serve. The Geneva clay looks hard than the normal clay court say in Rome, just watch how the ball bounces when Roger serves and when he tries the forehand return. Not surprising it put him off.
Second set Roger looked to go on the front foot early and achieved the break in the third game. Lets watch the seventh game of the set when some out of this world hitting the Pablo saw him hold serve to make it 4-3. Watch 4-2(0-30 to Pablo). Spaniards are literally raised on clay and Pablo shows this here. The rally looked alive and well then wham a forehand out of nowhere finding the right corner in Roger’s side of the court, sometimes when you play against a higher ranked player you got to go for it right? Roger would serve out the set 6-4. On to the third. It appears a tactic of Roger to go for the jugular in third games of sets. Watch the incredible grounds strokes he come out with at 1-1. With a lead of 4-3 what was left was for the Swiss master to maintain the momentum and close out the match. He failed to do that. Poor serving allowed Pablo to pick his spots with some tantalizing winners. Pablo would win it right at the death breaking Roger who was serving to stay in the match at 5-4. Pablo with his biggest win of his career thus far one he would never forget that’s for sure.