Roger Federer turned 40 two days ago, still standing in the top-10 after some favorable circumstances and hoping to extend his career at least for another season. Since the beginning of the previous season, Roger has been dealing with a knee injury, reaching the Australian Open semi-final and skipping the rest of the year after two surgeries in February and May.
Roger returned to action five months ago and has played five tournaments in 2021. His best result came at the beloved Wimbledon, where he advanced into the 18th quarter-finals from 22 trips to London. Federer became the oldest Wimbledon quarter-finalist and stopped the clock despite lacking form and matches.
Andrey Rublev praised Roger and his Wimbledon effort, calling his campaign an unreal one, giving the circumstances.
Andrey Rublev praised Roger Federer following his notable Wimbledon campaign.
Playing at only his fifth tournament since February last year, Roger earned four wins over Adrian Mannarino, Richard Gasquet, Cameron Norrie and Lorenzo Sonego.
Hoping for another good run and a triumph of experience over youth, Federer experienced a tough 6-3, 7-6, 6-0 loss to the first-time Major quarter-finalist Hubert Hurkacz in an hour and 48 minutes. The Swiss fought well in the second set and had the advantage that Hurkacz erased and won it in the tie break to gain a massive boost.
With nothing left in the tank, Roger experienced the first bagel since the 2008 Roland Garros final against Rafael Nadal, leaving Wimbledon with a bitter taste in his mouth and skipping Toronto and Cincinnati with ongoing knee issues.
Roger will give his best to recover in time for the US Open, although his chances are not that bright. "I'm sure I'm not the first who says this, but Roger Federer's Wimbledon campaign was unreal and something unbelievable.
He is the only one who could make that, and I'm not really surprised as we talk about a player who has broken so many records. Roger is one of the greatest players of all time; his achievements are fantastic. He still plays and gives his best after two surgeries and a reduced schedule ahead of Wimbledon.
Despite lacking form and matches, Roger reached the last eight at Wimbledon, which just shows how great he is," Andrey Rublev said.