Roger Federer has only played 19 matches since the start of 2020, battling a knee injury and doing his best to lengthen his career. In March last year, the Swiss was back on court in Doha and had to think through every move to get back to 100% and pick up the pace without stressing his troublesome knee.
Federer played well at Roland Garros and reached the fourth round before retiring to rest his knee ahead of his beloved grass-court season. Instead, Roger suffered an early loss at Halle and suffered a heavy loss at Wimbledon.
After the campaign at the All England Club, Federer said he knew it would not be easy to beat young rivals, calling his experience a struggle. The veteran did not play well against Ilya Ivashka in the first round in Halle, before Felix Auger-Aliassime beat him 4-6 6-3 6-2 after showing dominance in sets two and three.
At Wimbledon, the veteran became the oldest player in the quarterfinals thanks to victories over Adrian Mannarino, Richard Gasquet, Cameron Norrie and Lorenzo Sonego. Still, Hubert Hurkacz proved to be a challenging hurdle, beating Roger 6-3 7-0 6-0 to hand him one of his most brutal losses at the Majors.
Federer was a break ahead in the second set before the Pole erased the deficit and claimed the tie break. Roger had nothing left in the tank in the third set, experiencing the first bagel since 2008 and undergoing his third knee operation a few weeks later.
"It's about having perspective."
Andy Murray opens up on Federer
Hampered by two hip surgeries in 2018 and 2019, Murray is not giving up on his arduous journey back to the top where he joined Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic as part of the Big 4.
“Obviously, people have been talking about it for many years. The next generation have come through, [but] the same guys are still winning the Grand Slams and I’d love to see Roger back competing again. I don’t know his situation, but I believe he will get back to competing.
I don’t know how long for, but I really hope we can play another tournament together. It’s been a long time," said Murray. Unlike last year, the Brit said he is not having any physical troubles as he prepares for the Wimbledon Championships.
"In comparison to last year, I feel completely different. Last year I was barely practising in the build-up to Queen’s, and when I was practising I was not moving [well]… I was not feeling good until about four days before Wimbledon, and then I actually felt fine. But my preparation was non-existent," Andy Murray said.