JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Swiss tennis player Roger Federer says he admits not performing well enough to get a chance to win the title at Roland Garros after his journey in the warm-up tournament on clay at the Geneva Open, Switzerland, did not go smoothly.
The 39-year-old had lead by 4-2 in the final set against Spain's world number 75, Pablo Adujar.
Unfortunately, in his first match since Federer's comeback in Doha last March, he actually lost by a final score of 4-6, 6-4, 4-6.
"I think when you play not good enough and know where your level is, and I've seen it today, (you think) how can I win the French Open," said Federer, who has won 20 Grand Slam titles, as quoted by Reuters and reported by Antara (05/19/2021).
"I'm just being realistic and I know I'm not going to win in France. Anyone who thinks I can win, they are wrong," Federer added.
Federer, who had been sidelined for more than a year due to knee surgery, said the next few weeks would be crucial for him to play this season's tournaments.
"Regardless of whether you play in a tournament or not, if you go back to the tour or come back to face top opponents, you will get into the rhythm ... how it feels to be back on tour,"
"So when I was eliminated from a tournament such as today, I feel 'Oh my God, I could have done a lot better.' It feels strange and disappointing,"
"But at the same time, this is a process that I have to go through and that's why I shouldn't be humble," Federer added.