'Roger Federer hoped for a miracle at Wimbledon, but..' Ivan Ljubicic says



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'Roger Federer hoped for a miracle at Wimbledon, but..' Ivan Ljubicic says

Roger Federer will retire at the next week's Laver Cup. The 20-time Major champion has decided to end his glorious career after struggling with a knee injury for almost three years. Roger underwent three surgeries in 2020 and 2021, giving his best to recover and extend his career for a few more years.

Instead, he has played only six tournaments since the start of 2020, struggling to train injury-free and play competitive tennis after such a long break. Federer has not played since the last year's Wimbledon, reaching the quarter-final at the All England Club before undergoing the third surgery.

Roger withdrew from Roland Garros ahead of the fourth-round clash to preserve his knee for the beloved grass swing. Still, the Swiss felt the pain in Halle and Wimbledon despite giving his best to produce his best tennis and fight for the titles.

Roger's coach Ivan Ljubicic revealed that his pupil had already felt the pain in Halle. He lost to Felix Auger-Aliassime in the second round and wished for a miracle at Wimbledon. Embracing his 22nd All England Club campaign, Federer stopped the clock and defeated four rivals to become the oldest Wimbledon quarter-finalist in the Open era!

Roger struggled in the opening three sets against Adrian Mannarino in the first round, trailing two sets to one and moving closer to the exit door. Federer raised his level in the fourth set, and Mannarino retired at the beginning of the decider due to an injury.

Roger took down Richard Gasquet in the second round in straight sets, prevailing in the opener and playing better after that and moving into the last 32. Federer overpowered Cameron Norrie in four sets after two hours and 35 minutes in the third round, losing serve twice and stealing the rival's serve four times to advance.

Finding the rhythm, Roger ousted Lorenzo Sonego in straight sets in the fourth round to move into the last eight and write history. The Swiss dropped 21 points in 15 service games and broke his rival five times to set the quarter-final clash with Hubert Hurkacz.

Ivan Ljubicic revealed Roger Federer's last year's knee struggle.

In what turned out to be his last match at Majors, Roger experienced a 6-3, 7-6, 6-0 loss in an hour and 48 minutes. Federer received a bagel for the first time since the 2008 Roland Garros final, wasting his chance in the second set and losing steam in the third.

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.

Still, he failed 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.

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 7-4 when Hubert fired two winners at 5-4.

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 basically ended his career.

"Roger was in pain when he lost to Felix Auger-Aliassime in Halle last year. He knew he would not have a chance at Wimbledon, as his knee hurt a lot. We hoped for a miracle, but it did not happen," Ivan Ljubicic said.