Roger Federer fell in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon 2021 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 champion, 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 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.
Federer will not participate in the Tokyo Olympics
Becker said: "I think Roger Federer came to Wimbledon with the belief that everything was going according to plan.
He had used the clay to get in shape and hoped to get to the bottom of London. I don't think he came there with the thought of retirement in mind, but now he may very well have changed his mind. The way he lost to Hurkacz cannot have left him indifferent."
The German does not feel like giving advice to Roger: "I don't want to suggest what to do, because if there is one thing I have learned it is that in tennis you are alone. You can be supported by the best team in the world off the court, but in the end you are the one who has to manage the difficulties.
Only he can know what feelings it gave him to collect that 6-0 in the third set. It must not have been easy mentally."