Novak Djokovic met his predictions on the eve of winning the Wimbledon tournament for the sixth time in his career. The 2021 edition of the Championships was also a crossroads for the future of Roger Federer, who cannot be completely satisfied at the end of the two weeks in London.
It is true that the Swiss champion reached the quarter-finals, an excellent result at almost 40 years old and after two operations, but at the beginning he had risked a lot against Adrian Mannarino. Without the unfortunate incident that occurred to the Frenchman, we do not know if King Roger would have managed to take home the victory.
To this must be added the clear defeat at the hands of Hubert Hurkacz, who highlighted all the current shortcomings of the 20-time Grand Slam champion. The 39-year-old from Basel even suffered a bagel in the third set, leaving Center Court with his head down and a frown.
In a recent interview, Boris Becker explained that it may indeed have been Federer's last performance on Church Road.
Boris Becker on Roger Federer
“I have the feeling that Roger Federer will not be back at Wimbledon this time next summer after what happened this week, which I think will have been a shock to him,” mentioned Boris Becker.
“I think Roger arrived here thinking everything was pretty much going to his plan, which was to recover from his knee problems, get fit on the clay, and put himself in a strong position to go very deep at SW19. I don’t believe that he came here deliberating when the best time is to retire, but he may well be doing so now.
The manner of his defeat to Hubert Hurkacz changed things,” highlighted the 6-time Grand Slam winner. With his latest triumph at SW19, Djokovic has joined his illustrious peers Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in an unprecedented three-way tie atop the Grand Slam leaderboard.
Roger Federer was one of the first people to laud the Serb for reaching 20 Majors, a feat previously achieved by the Swiss himself and Rafael Nadal. Wishes from other players and eminent personalities from the tennis fraternity soon poured in.
Rod Laver, the only male player to win the Calendar Slam, congratulated Djokovic for moving to within one Major of completing the feat. Djokovic will surely become the first man to win a Golden Slam if he manages to win in Tokyo and New York. However, if he wins just the US Open 2021 title, he will not be the first man to complete the Calendar Grand Slam.