Roger Federer: 'I cried after losing to Felix, knowing I would not win Wimbledon'

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Roger Federer: 'I cried after losing to Felix, knowing I would not win Wimbledon'

Roger Federer ended his exciting tennis career on Friday night at the Laver Cup. The Swiss decided to complete his tennis journey after an ongoing knee issue, playing only six tournaments since the start of 2020 and undergoing three surgeries.

Roger gave his best to recover and play injury-free for one more season, but it was impossible after constant setbacks. Federer skipped the rest of 2020 after the Australian Open, undergoing two surgeries and returning to action in March 2021.

Roger won three matches at Roland Garros and withdrew to preserve his knee for his beloved grass swing. The Swiss saught his 11th Halle title, but it was not to be. The pain was still there, and Federer failed to reach the quarter-final at one of his favorite events for the first time.

Felix Auger-Aliassime beat the legend 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the second round. Roger cried after that match, knowing he would not stand a chance at the last Wimbledon of his career! Still, the grand champion had to give it a go at the All England Club, entering his 22nd Wimbledon and hoping for a miracle.

Roger faced Adrian Mannarino in the opening round and did not play well, allowing the opponent to take two sets to one advantage. The Frenchman retired due to an injury early in the fifth set, and Federer found himself in the second round.

Roger Federer cried after losing to Felix Auger-Aliassime in Halle 2021.

The Swiss took down Richard Gasquet and ousted Cameron Norrie and Lorenzo Sonego to advance into the quarter-final as the oldest player in the Open era!

Despite his wishes to go as further as possible, Federer faced reality when he suffered a 6-3, 7-6, 6-0 loss to Hubert Hurkacz in an hour and 48 minutes! Roger had nothing left in the tank after a tight second set, winning only 15 points in the third and experiencing the first bagel since the 2008 Roland Garros final!

It was Roger's last singles match, undergoing the third surgery a few weeks later and failing to recover. "Felix beat me in Halle, and I cried after that match, knowing I would not win Wimbledon. I was realistic about my All England Club chances but had to be there at all costs.

I was a bit lucky against Mannarino and felt better in the upcoming encounters. I played well against Norrie, and I believe I would have had a chance against Berrettini in the semi-final had I beat Hurkacz in the quarters. I had beaten Matteo in the past at Wimbledon, and maybe I could have done that again.

Novak Djokovic awaited in the final, and who knows what could have happened. Still, when it was all over, I felt I was miles away," Roger Federer said.