'Roger Federer was at 60-70% at Wimbledon 2021,' Ivan Ljubicic says



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'Roger Federer was at 60-70% at Wimbledon 2021,' Ivan Ljubicic says

Roger Federer played his last Major tournament at Wimbledon 2021. The Swiss made his 22nd appearance at the All England Club and made it a memorable run despite being miles from his best. Federer defeated four rivals and became the oldest Wimbledon quarter-finalist in the Open era.

Struggling with a knee injury, Roger came to London with no expectations. His coach Ivan Ljubicic said he was at 60 or 70% during those two weeks, giving his best but failing to fight for the title. 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 to continue his run.

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 find himself in the last 16. Finding the rhythm and putting the pain aside, Roger ousted Lorenzo Sonego in straight sets to move into the last eight and write history!

The Swiss lost 21 points in 15 service games and broke his rival five times to set the quarter-final clash with Hubert Hurkacz.

Roger Federer reached his last Major quarter-final at the last year's Wimbledon.

In what turned out to be the last singles match of his career, Roger experienced a 6-3, 7-6, 6-0 loss in under two hours.

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 to hit the exit door. Federer struggled with his movement and made too many mistakes, breaking the rival once and losing serve five times.

Hurkacz moved in front in the opener's sixth game and closed the set with a service winner at 5-3 after 28 minutes. Federer earned an early break in set number two and hoped to serve well in the remaining games. Instead, Hurkacz pulled the break back at 2-4 and gained a boost.

Roger did not play well in the tie break, struggling with his footwork and losing it 7-4. In one of his worst ever performances at Wimbledon, 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 the third knee surgery a few weeks later, failing to recover and play injury-free. The Swiss will end his career on Friday night alongside his old rival Rafael Nadal at the Laver Cup in London.