Will this be the beginning of Roger Federer’s end?
The tennis giant lost to Hubert Hecatez in straight sets in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon on Wednesday, the first since his first victory at Wimbledon in 2003. This happened at Wimbledon this time.
Understandably, some questions have been raised about the 39-year-old player’s future in the sport, and the 40th birthday will arrive in a few weeks.
In the press conference after the game, Federer was asked if this was his last Wimbledon Tennis Open. He expressed a little uncertainty about whether he would participate in the grass court again.
Federer talked about whether this was his last Wimbledon: “I don’t know. I really don’t know. I have to regroup. My goal has always been to try another Wimbledon. This year I can do it, I’m really happy. Everything after that we have to sit down and talk about it”
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“I don’t know, I really don’t know,” Federer said. “I have to regroup. My goal has always been to try to play Wimbledon again. I was able to do it this year and I am really happy. After that, we have to sit down and talk about it.”
Federer originally planned to participate in Wimbledon last year, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, this major event was cancelled. His court decision after the loss is indeed a certain finality.
Federer’s last Grand Slam victory was in 2018, when he defeated Marin Cilic at the Australian Open to defend his title. Federer left the court during a knee injury and eventually suffered a setback between February 2020 and March 2021, forcing him to withdraw from several events in the process.
If Federer’s defeat at Wimbledon is actually the beginning of the end of the Swiss superstar, then he won eight Grand Slam titles on the pitch.