Roger Federer reveals when he felt his sporting end was close

The Swiss Maestro revealed when, on the lawns at the Wimbledon Championships, he realized that his sporting end was approaching

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Roger Federer reveals when he felt his sporting end was close
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The highly anticipated Prime Video documentary Roger Federer: Twelve Final Days was finally released today, which tells us about the last 12 days of the Swiss Maestro's career spent at the 2022 Laver Cup, at the O2 Arena in London. But even before that fateful date of September 2022 arrived, the Swiss had already understood for months that the sporting end had already come.

The Swiss did everything to take the court again at the Wimbledon Championships in 2021. He showed up in England without too many expectations, considering the knee operation and the ongoing problems. Despite the pain, Federer pushed himself to the quarter-finals, but it was at that moment that his body gave out. The final set of the match against Hubert Hurkacz showed Federer too foul and vulnerable to be true. The Pole closed with a severe bagel: that was the moment in which the Swiss realized that his career was coming to an end.

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"The last half hour against Hurkacz was absolutely tough at Wimbledon. I knew that nothing would work anymore. I was no longer the same. I understood that the end was approaching. It all hit me like an avalanche. Then it ended and I had to go to a conference. What a horror! How was it returning to Wimbledon? I actually didn't want to go to Wimbledon in 2022, because I was injured. But then there was the centenary of Center Court. That's why I went there at the last moment and got a big ovation. It was crazy! It was a shame that things didn't work out in the end, but at the same time I'm grateful. I was 35 when I had to have surgery for the first time in 2016. That's okay when you've played so many games. I believe there is simply an expiration date for a body. In recent years I noticed that I couldn't break out of this vicious cycle, but that's okay too. I'm back on my feet today," explained Federer in an interview with WELT.

Eight successes on the lawns of the All England Club, none like him: the love story between Roger Federer and the Wimbledon Championships was so beautiful that it would certainly have deserved a different epilogue. In the life of an athlete, however, things don't always go according to plan.

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