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Pablo Andujar upsets Roger Federer in second round of the Geneva Open

May 20, 2021

Pablo Andujar upsets Roger Federer in second round of the Geneva Open

Pablo Andujar of Cuenca, Spain delivered one of the biggest wins of his career on Tuesday. The 35-year-old clay-court specialist beat number one seed Roger Federer of Switzerland 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in the second round of the Geneva Open.

Andujar served extremely well in the contest, as he had six aces, compared to Federer’s three aces. Andujar also broke Federer three times, while Federer broke Andujar twice.

Ranked 75th in the world, Andujar is four years younger than Federer, who will be turning 40 this August. This was the fifth time that Andujar beat a player ranked in the top 10. He previously beat Fernando Verdasco of Spain in the second round of Miami in 2011, 3-6, 7-6, 6-4; Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia in the second round of Cincinnati in 2012, 6-4, 4-1; Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-2 in the first round of Valencia in 2014; and David Ferrer of Spain 7-6, 6-3 in the semifinals of the Barcelona Open in 2015.

Andujar has won four clay-court tournaments in his career. He beat Potito Starace of Italy, 6-1, 6-2 in the Grand Prix Hassan II tournament in Morrocco in 2011. Andujar then defended his title in Morocco in 2012, where he beat Albert Ramos Vinolas of Spain, 6-1, 7-6. In 2014, Andujar beat Juan Monaco of Argentina  6-3, 7-5, in the final of the Swiss Open from Gstaad. Then in 2018, Andujar won the Grand Prix Hassan II tournament for a third time when he beat Kyle Edmund of Great Britain in the final, 6-2, 6-2.

Federer meanwhile has seen his world ranking drop to eighth in the world. At this time, he still plans to compete at the French Open later this month. 

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