Will we see Federer in SW19 again?


Roger Federer says he actually doesn’t know if he’ll play at Wimbledon once more after dropping to Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz within the quarter-finals.

“In fact I want to play it once more however at my age you by no means know what’s across the nook,” the Swiss mentioned.

“I’ll speak with my group and go from there, see what I have to do to get in higher form and be extra aggressive.”

Requested if this may be the final time he performed on Centre Court docket, the 20-time Grand Slam champion replied: “I do not know, I actually do not know. I’ve to regroup.

“My aim for the final 12 months was to play one other Wimbledon.

“I used to be capable of make it this 12 months, which I used to be actually blissful about. Every thing that comes after Wimbledon we are going to sit down and discuss it.

“I am really very blissful to get so far as I did, regardless that I’m upset I misplaced.”

Federer had by no means beforehand misplaced a set 6-0 at Wimbledon, whereas it was his first straight-set defeat at SW19 since dropping to Croatian qualifier Mario Ancic in 2002.

‘You may’t climb the entire mountain directly’

Federer was enjoying solely his fifth event in 17 months after needing two surgical procedures on a knee damage in 2020.

There had been doubts over his form coming into his favorite Grand Slam, having suffered a chastening defeat at Halle earlier this month which left him uncharacteristically despondent.

Following his defeat by Hurkacz, Federer had the same manner with the ache and exhaustion clearly evident.

But, the Swiss mentioned he was nonetheless managing to retain “perspective”.

“You understand you want a aim if you’re going via rehab with what I did,” he mentioned.

“You may’t consider the complete mountain to climb as as soon as. You have to go in steps. Wimbledon was the preliminary first tremendous step, should you like.

“For me, now that that is over, you have simply bought to reassess every part. You have to sit down, discuss it, what went nicely, what did not go so nicely, the place is the physique, the place is the knee, the place is the thoughts?

“As you’ll be able to see, it was a wrestle for me and placing in additional effort on a regular basis, particularly when issues get tough in opposition to Felix in Halle or as we speak in opposition to Hurkacz.”

‘Time does not stand nonetheless for anybody – even Federer’

Federer prevented an enormous upset within the first spherical when damage robbed France’s Adrian Mannarino of the prospect to earn a memorable win.

Wanting ponderous and missing timing, he trailed two units to at least one earlier than his opponent needed to retire.

Federer improved match by match as he noticed off Richard Gasquet, Cameron Norrie and Lorenzo Sonego, however lacked rhythm and timing in opposition to the unruffled Hurkacz.

“There have been some awkward-looking factors from Roger within the second-set tie-break – one thing we have by no means seen from him on Centre Court docket,” Boris Becker, a three-time Wimbledon champion, mentioned on BBC TV.

“He would by no means ever say if there was a niggle, however this was very uncommon. I do not know if we are going to ever see the nice man once more right here.

“It is regular for anyone to make errors, however if you’re such a perfectionist as Roger Federer, a few of these errors have been approach out of his league. Not simply an inch or two, way more than that. He was utterly off timing.

“That may occur in a sport or set, however on this case it was the entire match. It was uncommon.

“We are able to solely surprise what occurred and solely he can reply that. As they are saying, time does not stand nonetheless for no man or lady.”

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