Roger Federer has not played for almost a year, struggling with a knee injury and working hard on his comeback. The Swiss underwent two surgeries in 2020 and the third after the last year's Wimbledon, eager to extend his career and finish it on his terms.
Roger has played only six tournaments since the start of 2020, and the last one came at the last year's Wimbledon. It was Roger's 22nd trip to the All England Club, and he defeated four rivals to reach the quarters and became the oldest player to achieve that in the Open era.
Federer took down Adrian Mannarino, Richard Gasquet, Cameron Norrie and Lorenzo Sonego to set the quarter-final clash against Hubert Hurkacz. The Pole beat the Swiss 6-3, 7-6, 6-0 in an hour and 48 minutes to advance into his first Major semi-final.
It was the first bagel that Federer experienced since the 2008 Roland Garros final, as he lost the steam after a tight second set. Despite having more winners than unforced errors, Federer was far from the first-time Major quarter-finalist's pace, struggling on serve and return and making too many basic errors.
Roger earned one break in the second set and struggled to keep the pressure on Hubert after getting broken five times from 15 chances offered to his opponent. Hurkacz forged the advantage with a break at 3-2 in the opener and closed it with a service winner in game nine after 28 minutes.
Roger Federer won only nine games against Hubert Hurkacz at Wimbledon.
Eager to improve his game, Federer earned an early break in set number two before Hurkacz broke back at 2-4 with a deep return to regain composure. Roger did not play well in the tie break, struggling with his footwork and losing it 7-4 when Hubert fired two winners in the last two points.
In one of his worst sets at Wimbledon in a career, Federer took only 15 points in the third set to experience a bagel and hit the exit door in the worst possible way. Roger underwent surgery a few weeks later and hopes to play again later this year.
"I feel like I made the most of it. The team and I were pleased I made it as far as the quarter-final. Even though I'm disappointed I lost to Hubert, I feel like there was a chance. Again, that's how it goes. I will be fine; I have perspective about it, so it's all good," Roger Federer said.