'Roger Federer may well be doing so now', says former No.1



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'Roger Federer may well be doing so now', says former No.1

In 2006, Roger Federer reached the first Roland Garros final, losing to Rafael Nadal in four sets and heading to Halle immediately to start the grass season. Unbeaten on the fastest surface since Wimbledon 2002 when Mario Ancic surprised him in the first round, Roger had to make a quick transition from clay to grass, which is never easy, struggling to find his rhythm en route to the fourth consecutive crown of Halle.

In the end, the Swiss overcame five hurdles, defended the title and equaled Bjorn Borg's record before taking a well-earned break before Wimbledon. In the first round, Federer defeated doubles specialist Rohan Bopanna 7-6, 6-2 in 71 minutes, saving both break opportunities and leaving the Indian behind in set number two to reserve his spot in the round of 16.

Richard Gasquet pushed Roger to the limit for two hours and 14 minutes before the defending champion prevailed 7-6, 6-7, 6-4. Federer won just three points more than Gasquet, who kept him on the baseline most of the time, taking the second set but not causing a surprise and sending Roger packing.

After a challenging match, Federer had to prepare for an even tougher one against his friend and junior partner Olivier Rochus, beating the Belgian 6-7, 7-6, 7-6 in two hours and 45 minutes after saving four points from match in the tie break of the second set.

They both earned 131 points and scored four breaks, with the Belgian approaching the finish line 4-2 in the deciding set. Somehow Federer found a way to regain the fast break, reaching the tie break and taking advantage of the sixth match point to secure a spot in the semifinals where he faced another good friend, Tommy Haas.

Despite saving all three break opportunities, Roger had to work hard again to claim a 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 victory in two hours and 17 minutes, converting just two of the 16 break opportunities for go to the fourth final in a row.

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In a recent article, tennis legend Boris Becker wrote that this was perhaps the last time fans have seen Roger Federer at the Wimbledon Championships. “I have the feeling that he 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 Becker.

Becker thinks that the defeat in the quarter-finals must have been a shock to the Swiss Maestro. In such a situation, it is certainly going to be tough for him to make a comeback next year. “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.