Roger Federer turned 40 last Sunday and there is no certainty about his future. Physical problems have reduced the appearances of the Swiss phenomenon to the bone in the last year and a half, an evident sign of how not much time has remained in the circuit at the King.
March to date, with a budget far from the standards the Maestro was used to. Wimbledon represented the big goal of his 2021, with the intention of putting his 21st Major on the board. His run was abruptly stopped in the quarters at the hands of Hubert Hurkacz, who even handed him a bagel in the third set.
A relapse in his operated knee prevented the Swiss from traveling to Tokyo for the Olympics, another bad blow for the 20-time Grand Slam champion. As if all this were not enough, the renunciation of the Masters 1000 in Toronto and Cincinnati has arrived.
At this point, it seems difficult to see Roger on the field at the US Open in two weeks. In the latest edition of the 'Match Points' podcast, former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli talked about Federer's possible retirement.
Bartoli on Roger Federer
"I've learned something about Roger Federer: it's impossible to read his mind; impossible," Marion Bartoli said. "You can listen to all of his press conferences, read [articles about him].… You can think something and the opposite will happen.
I think only he knows what he really wants and how he wants to end his career," she added. "I believe he wants to end on a high and on something that makes him happy." Meanwhile journalist Carole Bouchard, who was part of the conversation with Marion Bartoli and Simon Cambers, believes Roger Federer will not let his last career match be the lopsided defeat to Hubert Hurkacz at Wimbledon.
"You are Roger Federer; you don’t end your career on a bagel in Wimbledon," Bouchard said. "I believe he is going to try to play one more Wimbledon, but that means he needs to play Australia, he needs to try to play some clay, he needs to get in shape.
So I believe that he will try. (He is) 40 years old and we are still asking him to play one more Wimbledon," she added. "He is one of the biggest champions, all sports considered. He is going to try; I believe we will see him in London next year. I just hope the knee is going to stay quiet."