In an interview during the Laver Cup, Roger Federer admitted that he was devastated at the end of Wimbledon 2021. He explained: "I lost to Felix Auger-Aliassime in Halle and I cried after that match, because I knew I was not going to win Wimbledon.
I was aware that I didn't have a chance in London, but I wanted to be there at all costs. After passing Mannarino with a bit of luck, I felt better in the following rounds. I played well against Norrie and I thought I would have a chance against Matteo Berrettini if I beat Hubert Hurkacz in the quarterfinals.
I had already defeated Matteo at Wimbledon in 2019, maybe I could have done it again. In the final I would have faced Novak Djokovic and who knows what could have happened. However, when the match against Hurkacz ended, I was devastated.
I realized I was a long way from the level needed to win a Grand Slam. "
What led Roger to retire from tennis
Earlier this summer, Roger Federer found he could no longer compete at the highest level. When he tried to push harder in training, his right knee didn't respond as he would have hoped.
The Swiss champion underwent a resonance, the outcome of which was not at all satisfactory. Within days, the King realized it was over and started thinking about how to announce it. In a letter posted on Instagram on September 15, the 41-year-old from Basel announced that the Laver Cup would be his last ATP event.
The London event did not betray the expectations, offering a show and memorable moments. The former world number 1 played his last match alongside Rafael Nadal before receiving a splendid tribute. Roger and Rafa's tears will remain one of the most iconic images of the modern era, as well as a beautiful example for young people.
The last two and a half years have been a real ordeal for the Maestro, who had tried a timid return in 2021. Federer had reached the round of 16 at Roland Garros and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, before undergoing knee surgery again.