'Roger Federer’s going to have to deal with more losses', says former star



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'Roger Federer’s going to have to deal with more losses', says former star

Roger Federer is human, and he always has been and always will be. He proved it with a lopsided loss that saw him crushed in the final set by Pole Hubert Hurkacz, 6-3, 7-6 (4), and of course the deflated 6-0. "He needs to go," some have said.

Is this how we treat the best player the game has ever seen? For more than two decades we have grown accustomed to Federer's sublime gifts as an athlete, person and inspiration to his teammates. Is it any wonder we always demand perfection? And is it any wonder the Swiss legend wants to leave the game on his own terms? For decades, Roger Federer has been tennis.

And his court is still the All England Club at Wimbledon, where he has reigned supreme for so long. He has mastered an emotionally connected audience who fought alongside him, point by point. And it wasn't just the eight title wins that inspired the crowd, but the heartbreaking losses that made him want to as well.

When he watched Rafael Nadal lift the Men's Trophy against a dark backdrop only illuminated by flashes of photographers in 2008, we felt every ounce of pain that the 39-year-old Federer internalized. We also knew that we had witnessed the best match ever fought, so much so that a book and a documentary were made about it.

Furthermore, the heartbreaking loss to Novak Djokovic in the 2019 final was perhaps even more painful, after holding two match points. In these losses, Federer handled himself with grace and humility. The same thing he has always done throughout his career, regardless of the outcome.

For young sports fans, they have witnessed the spectacular display of variety from him after his latest comeback in 2017. For an older generation, Roger Federer has been a bridge to the last generation, where he defeated previous legends Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi.

And for historians, Fed is simply a portal for all previous generations, like Ken Rosewall and the other GOAT, Rod Laver, whom Federer graciously pays tribute each year with the Laver Cup. And despite it all, he has not only inspired countless generations to be better players, but also to be better people.

His penchant for decency and ethical contribution to the improvement of sport is the reason why he is, and will continue to be, such a beloved figure in our social lexicon.

Chris Evert opens up on Roger Federer

Roger Federer is arguably one of the greatest ever tennis players of all time.

However, after his quarterfinal defeat at Wimbledon, it seems age is catching up with the Swiss star. With the Tokyo Olympics in two weeks’ time, the 39-year-old’s participation in the Olympics for the fifth time looks unlikely.

While the Swiss star has set an example for the new generation of players on the tour, former tennis player Chris Evert believes he needs to work harder should he continue to compete. She said, “If he’s going to come back, he’s got to work harder than he’s ever worked before and he’s got to realise there are a lot of young guys coming up who are dangerous… It’s going to be tougher and tougher. If he wants to play, he’s going to have to deal with more losses”.