8-time Wimbledon Champ, Roger Federer is heading over for retirement? The 20-time Grand Slam champion has been the most dominant player at the premier grass-court event. He has emerged victorious at the tournament eight times and his fans were hoping for another title in 2021. But it wasn’t to be as Federer bowed out of Wimbledon in the quarterfinals.
Federer’s response to the Retirement Rumours
14th-seeded Hubert Hurkacz of Poland recorded a lopsided 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-0 win over Federer at the All England Club. This was definitely not the thing which the tennis fans were waiting for. Asked whether it also might have been his last appearance here, he replied-
“I don’t know. I really don’t know. I’ve got to regroup.”
As for whether retirement is an immediate possibility, he offered this: “No, I hope not. … The goal is to play, of course.”
The Scenario which Set the Retirement
That likely was on thousands of minds in the stadium when Federer stepped to the baseline to serve while trailing 5-0 in the third set: He waited while fans in the full-to-capacity stands applauded and cheered, some rising to their feet.
Federer spoke steadily in the conference that-
“The last few games, obviously, you can feel that you’re not coming back from it. I’m not used to that kind of situation, obviously, very much. Especially not here.”
Hurkacz, a 24-year-old from Poland who has called Federer his idol, was asked whether he could have imagined this result. “Probably not,” he responded. And yet, this was not the Federer the world is used to watching.
Declining Health and Managing his Game
He underwent two operations on his right knee in 2020. He arrived at Wimbledon having played eight matches this season. Federer turns 40 on August 8, and even if this is a tournament he’s won more than any other man, and even if it’s contested on a surface, grass, on which he’s best.
He simply never was able to summon the serving and shot-making that carried him to 20 Grand Slam titles, tied with Rafael Nadal for the men’s record.
Parting words by Nadal, mixed Emotions by his side
Federer, who expressed that he has not decided whether to go to the Tokyo Olympics said that-
“I’m actually very happy I made it as far as I did here and I actually was able to play Wimbledon at the level that I did after everything I went through. Of course I would like to play (Wimbledon) again, but at my age, you’re just never sure what’s around the corner.”
Roger’s recent Social media Activity
Recently the star-player has posted a joyful video of expressing his love for tennis and how grateful he is. He captions the post by writing, “Sunday stroll, Middle Sunday, #wimbledonthing”
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