Roger Federer: Hard leaving a court after losing at Wimbledon earlier than a final



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Roger Federer: Hard leaving a court after losing at Wimbledon earlier than a final

Former world No. 1 Roger Federer admitted the standing ovation he received after exiting this year's Wimbledon was "special." Federer, 40, made the Wimbledon quarterfinal before losing in straight sets to Hubert Hurkacz.

Federer is a record eight-time Wimbledon champion and an absolute icon and legend at The All England Club. “The standing ovation I received there this year was certainly a special one,” Federer told GQ. “When I left the court, I could feel the crowd’s love and their support.

“Obviously, it’s always hard leaving a court after losing at Wimbledon earlier than a final… When you reach a final, there’s a trophy ceremony, there’s more to it, but when you lose earlier, well, you pack your stuff and you go and, at that point, the stage is your winning opponent’s, in my mind, not yours.

“So that was important for me to give that one to Hubert [Hurkacz], obviously, as quickly as possible”.

Federer drawing positives

Being able to play at Wimbledon after undergoing two knee surgeries in 2020 and to make a deep run was something that gave hope to Federer.

“For me personally now, you know, looking back a little bit, I’m actually very grateful, very happy I was just able to play,” he added. “I mean, my last year and a half, it’s been really difficult.

It’s been hard with the double knee surgery I had last year and rehab was really slow. “And, look, in some ways I wish I would have been in better shape for Wimbledon this year. But at the end of the day, I made the quarters – I played Wimbledon!

Still! You can never take that sort of thing for granted. “Remember, other guys never had a quarterfinal in their life at Wimbledon and I’ve had so many that I think I have got to have a little perspective and see that actually, overall, it was a really good tournament for me”.