A few weeks before turning 40, Roger Federer claimed four wins at Wimbledon to reach the quarter-final as the oldest player in the Open era. It was Roger's fifth ATP tournament in 18 months following a nasty knee injury that almost ended his career, needing 12 months to recover and get back on the court.
Despite his efforts, Federer couldn't fight for the Wimbledon trophy, suffering a 6-3, 7-6, 6-0 loss to Hubert Hurkacz that upset him a lot. Roger had a 4-1 lead in the second set, and he pretty much stopped at that point, losing 11 of the last 13 games for his toughest Wimbledon defeat and the first bagel since the 2008 Roland Garros final.
After the match, Federer said that he feels exhausted and that he should be fine in a day or two. The Swiss withdrew from the Olympic Games to rest his knee and recharge batteries ahead of the US Open swing.
Roger Federer didn't feel well after that heavy Wimbledon loss to Hubert Hurkacz.
"I felt very disappointed in the moment itself, and I still am.
At the same time, there's always a weight that falls off your shoulders when a tournament is over and a huge goal is made or missed. It doesn't matter, actually. You feel the weight is gone, and you're exhausted. I feel horribly exhausted.
I could go for a nap right now. It's a funny feeling to have, to be honest. You put everything on the line, and when it's all over, you could just go sleep because you're so exhausted from the mental, pushing yourself forward and trying everything.
As you said, the last 18 months have been long and hard. Then again, if I take the perspective, I'm always pleased about many things that happened in the previous few weeks and months. I know I will be upbeat again shortly.
I know how I am in these situations. I feel like I may be very hard on myself and sad, and then go by a few hours or a few days before I'll be totally fine again and be my old self. I just think I need to speak to the team, get it all out, hear what they have to say, tell them how I felt, and then go from there," Roger Federer said.