'Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have fed off each other so...', says Becker

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'Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have fed off each other so...', says Becker

Roger Federer dispelled some doubts about his disastrous elimination at Wimbledon. The 39-year-old Swiss tennis player and current world number 9, confessed that he ended his participation in the All England Club with an injury that will prevent him from playing the Tokyo Olympics.

"During the grass season, unfortunately I noticed a new setback in my knee and I have assumed that I must withdraw from the Tokyo Olympics," the Swiss tennis player said on social media. "I am very disappointed because it has been an honor and a highlight in my career every time I have represented Switzerland," added the winner of 20 Grand Slams.

Federer assured that “I have already started rehabilitation with the hope of returning to the circuit at the end of this summer. I wish the entire Swiss team the best of luck and I will be cheering intensely. As always, Cheer up Switzerland !!

"At the moment it is expected that the Swiss, as he revealed, will miss the next month of competition and could return on the US tour prior to the US Open. At this point in his career, Roger looks set to focus on just racing the Grand Slams, and the next one is just around the corner.

The loss to Hubert Hurkacz touched Federer a lot, but injury could be the reason why he was swept away by an opponent who ended up losing in the next round. Not even Rafael Nadal will participate in the Olympics.

Becker on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

During the course of his column, Boris Becker once again surmised that Roger Federer may not be back at SW19 next summer.

The 53-year-old also asserted that the rise of the younger generation would have caught Federer, Nadal and Djokovic off-guard. "Roger has earned the right to go out on the terms that he likes," Becker said. "He has been the most popular player ever and taken interest around the world to new heights, giving more to the game than anyone has done before.

I believe he was originally thinking of playing on well into next year, but I doubt that is the case now." Becker further claimed that both Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have "fed off each other" throughout their careers, and that both would be aware they are part of a "chasing pack" behind Novak Djokovic.

"Roger and Rafa have fed off each other so it will be interesting to see if it has had an effect on the Spaniard when he returns next month in Washington DC," the 53-year-old said. "They will be aware that the players around ten years younger are getting better - it is now Novak and then quite a big chasing pack."