Ten days ago Roger Federer, the eight-time Wimbledon champion, suffered a major defeat to Hubert Hurkacz in the All England Club quarter-finals. Competing at Wimbledon for a record 22nd time, Roger did a good job of winning four matches - his best streak since the 2020 Australian Open - and becoming the oldest Wimbledon quarter-finalist.
After his campaign, Roger said that he gave his best, feeling satisfied with his career and performance in the second set. Hurkacz edged the legend and his idol 6-3, 7-6, 6-0 in one hour and 48 minutes to advance to the final four.
Federer experienced the first zero since the 2008 Roland Garros final against Rafael Nadal, admitting that it was not easy to end the clash that way and knowing that it was all over after a couple of games in the third. Despite having more winners than unforced errors, Federer was far from the pace of the Major's quarter-finalist for the first time, struggling on both serve and return and making too many basic errors.
Federer won a break in the second set and struggled to keep the pressure on the Pole after breaking five times out of 15 opportunities offered to his opponent. Hubert forged the lead with a break at 3-2 in the first set and closed it with a winning serve in game nine after 28 minutes, which was very important to his confidence.
Steve Flink on Roger Federer
Recently, top analyst Steve Flink analyzed Roger Federer’s recent results. They indicated that age has caught up with him and that he should consider making a decision sooner or later. If the results are below par in the next few tournaments, he would need to give retirement a serious thought.
The journalists spoke on this and stated, “I don’t even know what I would like him to do to be honest because in a way I’m always afraid that an old champion may destroy his a bit his image. Even if of course there’s a legend and of course we will always remember the best Federer but if he would keep playing tournaments and losing 6-0 in the third or like in Halle with Auger-Aliassime then after a while he would risk becoming pathetic”.
For several years, I believed it was Roger Federer alone who could lay claim to the GOAT title. And when he had his resurgent run in 2017, I couldn't imagine how the struggling Novak Djokovic or the aging Rafael Nadal could ever overtake the Swiss.