The 20-time Major winner Roger Federer will almost certainly skip the next year's Wimbledon. The Swiss veteran underwent third knee surgery in August and will stay away from the court at least until the following summer.
Roger needs time to start the recovery process and reach the competitive level again, wishing to play again during the North American hard-court swing. Federer experienced a severe knee injury at the beginning of 2020 and underwent two surgeries in February and May that kept him away from the court for 13 months.
In March, the Swiss legend returned to action and played five tournaments in the current season, reaching the Wimbledon quarter-final before undergoing third surgery and ending the season. Saving his knee for the grass season and withdrawing from Roland Garros, Roger entered his 22nd Wimbledon and defeated four rivals to become the oldest quarter-finalist at the All England Club in the Open era.
Hoping to reach the last four and remain on the title course, Federer suffered a massive 6-3, 7-6, 6-0 loss to Hubert Hurkacz in an hour and 48 minutes. The Pole became the second player who bageled Roger at Majors since Rafael Nadal in the 2008 Roland Garros final, as the Swiss left with nothing in the tank after a tight second set that could have gone to his side.
Making too many errors and struggling with the positioning, Roger did not look good on the court in the first and third sets, especially in the last when he could not follow the rival's pace. Hurkacz closed the encounter with 36 winners and only 12 unforced errors and grabbed five breaks from 15 opportunities, staying focused when it mattered the most to advance into the first Major semi-final.
Roger Federer will most probably skip Wimbledon 2022.
Hubert earned a break in the opener's sixth game with a volley winner and held at 15 with a service winner at 5-3 to seal the opener in 28 minutes. Roger scored an early break in the second set and survived a couple of break chances in the next one to establish the lead and gain confidence.
Hubert pulled the break back in game seven and clinched the tie break 7-4 with an unreturned serve to move two sets to love in front. Roger had a couple of terrible calls in the tie break, which took all the momentum away and left him with nothing in the tank ahead of set number three, where Hubert bageled him in no time.
"I would be amazed if I were back to action at the next year's Wimbledon. I wanted to wait for the first significant check before making a public statement, and the results were very encouraging. I have started a lengthy rehabilitation process in which I put all my heart and soul.
Still, the situation is not the same as in 2016, and I have to be patient. The examinations after the grass season revealed that my right inner meniscus was injured again. It had to be stitched, which required a certain period of immobilization. Also, the doctors took the opportunity to treat my cartilage at the same time," Roger Federer said.