Returning to their favorite Major after numerous setbacks and injuries, Roger Federer and Andy Murray had high hopes ahead of this year's Wimbledon. The ten-time champions were ready to play at their best at the All England Club, and they also trained together for the first time in 15 or 16 years ahead of the tournament!
Andy and Roger couldn't remember when they shared the practice court for the last time, mentioning that it probably happened in 2005 or 2006! Federer and Murray have met 25 times on the Tour, playing for some notable titles around the globe but not facing each other since Cincinnati 2015!
Federer had trailed to Murray since the beginning of their rivalry before changing that with five straight victories that have sent him 14-11 in front. At Wimbledon, Andy scored back-to-back Major wins for the first time since 2017, beating Nikoloz Basilashvili and Oscar Otte to find himself in the third round.
Roger Federer and Andy Murray trained together ahead of Wimbledon.
Andy had nothing left in the tank to challenge Denis Shapovalov, who would later reach the semi-final. Roger competed at Wimbledon for the 22nd time and grabbed four wins to become the oldest quarter-finalist at the All England Club.
The Swiss veteran secured four straight wins for the first time since the last year's Australian Open, but that was all he could do, as Hubert Hurkacz ousted him 6-3, 7-6, 6-0! Roger had the advantage in set number two before the young Pole bounced back and won the set in the tie break.
Losing steam and energy, Federer experienced his first bagel since 2008 in the third set, leaving his favorite tournament with many doubts over the rest of his career. "It was very nice sharing the court again with Andy.
We were trying to think when the last time was when we shared a practice court together. I thought it was the Australian Open in 2005 or something. He thought it was maybe Rome in 2006. We didn't do it for a long time. I thought he looked good.
To be honest, you can see how comfortable he is on the grass. Clearly, it's just practice; we're trying things. But I hope he can go deep here, have a nice run. Same for me. I think we always back our chances on this surface. But it was great spending time on the court again with Andy. It's nice to see him out there," Roger Federer said.