Roger Federer's 2021 big goal, Wimbledon, went on file with a quarterfinal elimination at the hands of Hubert Hurkacz. A satisfactory result in itself considering the very few games played by the King in recent months, but the proportions of the defeat, complete with bagels in the third set), have raised numerous alarm bells.
In the last few hours, news has come that the Swiss will be absent from the Tokyo Olympics, which had already been partially announced during the last press conference in London. The 39-years-old from Basel referred to a new knee problem in his statement, saying he wants to be back on the court by the end of the summer.
The US Open could be the Maestro's goal, whose last appearance in New York dates back to 2019, when he lost in the quarterfinals to Grigor Dimitrov. In a long interview granted to the Daily Mail, former ATP number 1 Boris Becker explained how the retirement of the Swiss is increasingly imminent.
Hard times for Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal
Boris Becker said: "Roger Federer has earned the right to leave the scene the way he wants. He is undoubtedly the most popular player of any era and has taken tennis to an unthinkable level, giving our sport more than any player before him had given.
I think that his intention was to play again next year, but I doubt that will happen." The six-time Grand Slam champion believes that Roger's situation may also have repercussions on Rafael Nadal: "Roger and Rafa have fed each other, but now everything is different.
It will be interesting to watch his performance when he returns to Washington DC next month. There are many guys who are on the launch pad and who are ten years younger. The situation sees Novak Djokovic at the head of the pack, but the ranks of heirs behind him are getting wider and wider."
Talking about Novak Djokovic, thanks to the successes obtained against Jack Draper, Kevin Anderson, Denis Kudla, Cristian Garin, Marton Fucsovics, Denis Shapovalov and Matteo Berrettini, the number one won for the sixth time in his career the Wimbledon trophy and the twentieth seal of a Major tournament, equaling the record of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Now, Nole only needs the triumph of the US Open to complete the Grand Slam, a feat he hasn't been able to do since 1969.