Roger Federer is the most decorated player on the grass in the Open era, conquering 19 titles, including eight at Wimbledon. Between 2001-2019, Roger didn't play in an ATP semi-final on grass only in 2011, delivering one good result after another and staying competitive a few weeks before turning 40 in 2019.
Two years ago, Roger claimed the crown in Halle and wasted two match points in that epic Wimbledon final against Novak Djokovic. Roger will not remember his 2021 grass campaign for too long after experiencing his earliest loss in Halle and a tough Wimbledon defeat.
Speaking about his performance following the All England Club action, Federer stated that he knew he had to play on a higher level to chase his goals in Halle and Wimbledon. Roger admitted that Felix Auger-Aliassime and Hubert Hurkacz played better than him and deserved their wins.
Roger Federer spoke about his losses against Auger-Aliassime and Hurkacz.
Competing in Halle for the 18th time, Federer failed to reach the quarter-final for the first time following a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 loss to Auger-Aliassime in an hour and 44 minutes.
It was the first encounter between the players who share birthdays and Federer's first match against the opponent born in the 2000s. Felix played well in sets two and three to oust the ten-time champion and advance into the last eight.
Federer withdrew from Roland Garros after three wins to preserve energy for the grass swing. Still, he didn't look good on his favorite surface in the opening two matches, struggling against Ilya Ivashka and losing ground against Auger-Aliassime after the opener.
At Wimbledon, Federer became the oldest quarter-finalist in the Open era following wins over Adrian Mannarino, Richard Gasquet, Cameron Norrie and Lorenzo Sonego. Hubert Hurkacz proved to be too strong for the Swiss veteran in the quarters, beating him 6-3, 7-6, 6-0 in Roger's first received bagel since the Roland Garros final in 2008!
"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.