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At match level on Tuesday, Andujar, the World No 75, held his head in his fingers in disbelief after beating the 20-time Grand Slam champion.

Spain’s Pablo Andujar returns the ball throughout his ATP 250 Geneva Open tennis match in opposition to in opposition to Switzerland’s Roger Federer. AFP

Geneva: After wrecking Roger Federer’s return to the tennis courts, Pablo Andujar stated it was the sweetest second of a prolonged profession.

The Spaniard beat Federer 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 on the Geneva clay on Tuesday to overturn the Swiss tennis nice’s hopes of stringing a run of matches collectively forward of a collection of main tournaments — the French Open, Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics.

It was Federer’s comeback correct after the 39-year-old made a tentative return in Doha in March, after greater than a yr out following two knee surgical procedures.

At match level on Tuesday, Andujar, the World No 75, held his head in his fingers in disbelief after beating the 20-time Grand Slam champion.

“It is wonderful. I nonetheless can’t imagine,” the 35-year-old instructed ATPTour.com.

“Taking part in him was a dream. However in fact, beating him is one other stage.

“It’s extremely emotional to play him and to beat him, given the circumstances for him coming again and he is not for certain taking part in his greatest tennis. However it actually counts lots to me.”

Though Andujar has been on the tour since 2003, he had by no means performed Federer and the Spaniard assumed the prospect had handed him by.

The clay-court specialist has 4 gained tour titles, however stated beating Federer topped these triumphs.

It counts “as primary, for certain”, he stated.

“To win a event may very well be extra emotional, however that is one thing I feel I’ll bear in mind my entire life.

“I’ve lots of respect and I love lots Roger Federer.

“Not a foul day on the workplace.”

Andujar will face both Marton Fucsovics, the 2018 Geneva winner, or Swiss teenager Dominic Stricker, the 2020 French Open boys’ champion, in Thursday’s quarter-finals.

Federer’s subsequent event, the French Open, begins on 30 Might. He triumphed in Paris in 2009 however stated any ideas of successful the clay courtroom Grand Slam title this yr had been loopy.

“While you’ve performed so little and the place your stage is at, how can I consider successful the French Open?” he stated.

“I am practical and I do know I can’t win the French and whoever thought I’d or may win it’s mistaken.

“After all crazier issues might need occurred, however I am not so certain within the final 50 years of the French Open, any person simply rocks up at almost 40 years outdated, being out for a yr and a half, and wins every part straight.”

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Updated: May 19, 2021 — 1:01 pm

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