Roger Federer's dream of winning his ninth title at Wimbledon was abruptly shattered on Wednesday in the quarter-finals, moreover with a score that does not do justice to an icon of his talent. The Swiss champion surrendered in three sets to an excellent Hubert Hurkacz, who even inflicted a bagel on him in the third set.
The former world number 1, however, author of a good tournament in relation to the circumstances, has shown that he is still far from the form necessary to aspire to the highest levels. The 39-years-old from Basel had already taken a big risk on his debut against Adrian Mannarino, benefiting from the unfortunate incident that occurred to the latter while he was leading by two sets to one.
At the press conference after his elimination in London, the 20-times Grand Slam champion did not want to unbalance his future, but could not hide a certain amount of regret. In an interview with the Metro portal, WTA legend Martina Navratilova analyzed Roger's performance in his favorite tournament.
Martina Navratilova explains Roger Federer's difficulties
She said: "First of all, we must consider that Roger Federer missed a year due to injury. Thanks to the suspension of the tour due to the effects of the global pandemic, in the end he did not lose so many tournaments.
He managed to get back in good shape and currently the knee does not bother him, but the fact remains that time is passing for him too. We are talking about an absolute phenomenon, but it will not be able to rejuvenate. Due to his age, he definitely can't train like he used to do.
In the quarterfinals of Wimbledon against Hurkacz we noticed all the current shortcomings of him. As he gets older, the mistakes become more and more evident and he can no longer change gears as easily as ten years ago."
The Swiss has questioned his participation in the Tokyo Olympic Games, which will take place behind closed doors after the increase in infections in Japan.