‘I will not win the French Open, and if you think I can, you’re wrong,’ says Roger Federer

Roger Federer gave a blunt review of where he is ahead of Roland Garros revealing he thinks he has no chance of winning it.

Federer made his comeback in Geneva yesterday, playing only his third match in 15 months, after returning to the sport following double knee surgery.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion was hoping to gain some matches on clay as a warm-up to the French Open, however, he fell at the first hurdle getting beat 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 against Pablo Andujar in his first match.

The Swiss ace, who is almost 40-years-old, has been struggling to build any momentum, winning only one match in Doha before being knocked out earlier this year.

Speaking after his Geneva loss, Federer says he is being honest with himself about his progress and his chances ahead of his first Grand Slam campaign since the 2020 Australian Open.

“I think when you played so little and you know where your level is at, and I think you saw that today, how can I think of winning the French Open?” said Federer.

“I’m just realistic that I know I will not win the French and whoever thought I would or could win it is wrong.

“Of course, crazier things might have happened, but I’m not so sure in the last 50 years at the French Open, somebody just rocked up at 40-years-old, being out for a year and a half and just go on to just win everything straight.”

Federer went on to say that although he was disappointed with his Geneva performance, ultimately his clay results are unimportant as he has one big target in mind.

“Roland Garros is not the goal. The goal is the grass, so I still have time,” said Federer.

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