Roger Federer fell in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon at the hands of Hubert Hurkacz, a no-appeal defeat that left its mark. Despite having played a good tournament under the circumstances, the former world number 1 is certainly not used to such blows on Center Court.
The Pole highlighted all the current shortcomings of the Swiss phenomenon, which even suffered a bagel in the third set. As if that were not enough, the news has also arrived that King Roger will not participate in the Tokyo Olympics (forever giving up the dream of winning gold in singles).
The 20-time Grand Slam champion mentioned a knee relapse to justify his forfeit, claiming that he has already started rehabilitation to return to the field by the end of the summer. It is reasonable to assume that his sights have shifted to the US Open, with the Masters 1000 in Cincinnati very useful to refine his preparation.
In his column in the 'Daily Mail', six-time Grand Slam champion Boris Becker reiterated his concerns about the Master of Basel.
Becker opens up on Roger Federer
"I think Roger Federer 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," Boris Becker said.
"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. There is a hesitancy on my part to suggest what he should do because one thing I learned is that in tennis you are ultimately on your own," Becker said.
"You can be supported and have all the off-court help but the sport puts you in the situation where you are alone out there. It is mentally very challenging and only he will know how losing that 6-0 set really felt."
With Rafa and Roger not playing in Tokyo, Djokovic has a golden opportunity to win a Gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics this year. If he wins that and then succeeds at the US Open 2021, he’ll become only the second player to accomplish a Golden Slam after Stefanie Graf.
However, there are very slight chances of such a thing taking place. Even though Djokovic has not officially withdrawn from the Tokyo Olympics 2021, some fans believe that the announcement can come anytime soon. Will Djokovic shock everyone and play at the Olympic Games despite not getting sufficient rest?