Roger Federer makes surprising visit to his beloved tournament

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Roger Federer makes surprising visit to his beloved tournament

Only a few months after his last visit, eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer stepped on his beloved Center Court on Friday. Accompanied by his former coach and friend Severin Luthi, Roger spent a great day in London and returned to the court where he won his first Major and played his last career singles match.

Federer conquered the junior Wimbledon title in 1998 before two early exits on the professional level in the following years. The Swiss was the quarter-finalist in 2001 following that epic triumph over a seven-time champion Pete Sampras in five sets.

Two years later, Roger went all the way and lifted his first Major crown following a win over Mark Philippoussis in the title clash. Federer embraced an incredible streak until 2008 final, winning five consecutive titles before losing in that year's final to Rafael Nadal in a thriller.

Roger regained the title in 2009 and added another in 2012 to match Pete Sampras' record.

Roger Federer visited Wimbledon with Severin Luthi.

Novak Djokovic was too strong for Federer in back-to-back Wimbledon finals in 2014 and 2015, bouncing back two years later and becoming the first eight-time Wimbledon winner.

The Swiss was a point away from the ninth All England Club trophy in 2019, giving his everything against Djokovic and squandering two match points on his serve in the decider in the most thrilling Wimbledon final ever! Federer's 22nd and last Wimbledon campaign came last year, struggling with a knee injury but still wishing to try his best at the beloved event.

The veteran stopped the clock and toppled four rivals to enter the last eight as the oldest player in the Open era! Competing at only his sixth tournament since the start of 2020, Federer forgot about his physical issues and advanced into the second week.

Lorenzo Sonego fell in the fourth round, and the Swiss wished for more against Hubert Hurkacz. Instead, the Pole scored a 6-3, 7-6, 6-0 triumph in an hour and 48 minutes for a place in his first Major semi-final. Federer experienced his first bagel since the 2008 Roland Garros final, losing steam after a tight second set and ending his campaign before the semi-final.

Despite having more winners than unforced errors, Roger was far from the rival's pace, struggling on serve and return and making too many basic errors. Federer earned one break in the second set and failed to keep the pressure on Hurkacz after getting broken five times from 15 chances offered to his opponent.

Hubert 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 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 way.

Roger underwent surgery a few weeks later and never played singles matches again. The Swiss maestro retired at this year's Laver Cup in London alongside Rafael Nadal, leaving tennis after 25 years on the Tour.