A few weeks ago, Roger Federer became the first player with 22 Wimbledon appearances, leaving Jimmy Connors on 21. Following a knee injury that required two surgeries in February and May last year, Roger gave his best to get ready for Wimbledon and play competitive tennis two decades after reaching the first quarter-final at the All England Club.
Roger had played only four tournaments in 17 months before Wimbledon, and he did well to score four wins at his beloved Major and move into the last eight. There, he suffered a heavy 6-3, 7-6, 6-0 loss to Hubert Hurkacz, who outplayed him entirely in the third set for Roger's worst performance in a single set since the 2008 Roland Garros final!
Aware of a heavy loss and the fact he had nothing more left in the tank after a tight second set, Roger can't tell much about his future plans and if this was his final Wimbledon match. Roger was happy with four wins on his tally after such a long break from tennis, and he wants to sit with his team and plan the next moves.
Roger Federer experienced a bagel against Hubert Hurkacz at Wimbledon.
"I don't know if this is my last Wimbledon; I have to regroup. My goal was always to play at least one more Wimbledon. The initial plan was to compete last year, but that wasn't possible for many reasons.
I was able to make it this year, and I'm happy about it. With everything that comes after Wimbledon, we were always going to sit down and talk about it because clearly now Wimbledon is over. I got to take a few days. We have to figure out what I have to do to get in better shape and be more competitive.
After everything I went through, I'm happy to play Wimbledon and get this far. I want to play again, but you never know at my age. The body actually feels fine overall. I'm happy I went through all the process of taking losses and trying to play in Paris, Geneva, Doha and Halle to get myself into match toughness and fitness here in Wimbledon.
I definitely need to be a better player if I want to be more competitive at the highest of levels. I knew that coming in. Better players remind you of that, as Hurkacz and Felix did in the past few weeks. It gets tough when things get really tricky physically," Roger Federer said.