‘It’s something we’re never seen from Roger Federer’, says former No.1

Nobody expected Roger Federer’s three-set defeat at Wimbledon, which he hadn’t suffered here since 2002. Instead, Pole Hubert Hurkacz got the better of him with a score of 6-3 7-6 6 -0, qualifying for his first semifinal in a Grand Slam tournament where he will now face Matteo Berrettini.

Boris Becker on Roger Federer

Six-time Major winner Boris Becker was recently invited by the BBC to discuss the fallout from Roger Federer’s Wimbledon exit on Wednesday. “I noticed the mishits, awkward-looking points from Roger Federer and obviously the last set of course, 6-0,” Becker said. “It’s something we’re never seen from him on Centre Court.” The German went as far as to suggest that the SW19 crowd may have seen the last of Federer. “He would never ever say if there was a niggle, but I don’t know if we will ever see the great man again here,” Becker said. “It’s normal for everybody to make mistakes but he’s a perfectionist. Some of these mistakes were big mistakes. He was completely off with his timing,” Becker said. “That can happen in a game or two but in his case it was throughout the whole game. We can only wonder what happened, but what we do know is that time does not stand still for any man or woman.” With Denis Shapovalov and Hubert Hurkacz reaching the semifinals, they are in close proximity to Federer’s ranking. With other players losing points and them earning a lot of points, any one of them could make their top 10 debut. Since only one of Shapovalov or Hurkacz can win Wimbledon, Federer will not exit the top 10 after Wimbledon. He could, however, drop to 10th if any of the two wins Wimbledon. The next few months are critical for Federer’s ranking. He is defending over 1000 points until the end of the season and if he doesn’t do well, then he could start 2022 outside the top 10. It’s been a long journey back to the court for Roger Federer. Recovering from injury and with the delay caused by the pandemic, he had been out of action for a while. “You put everything on the line and when it’s over, you can just go sleep because you’re just so exhausted from the mental pushing yourself forward and trying everything… The last 18 months have been long and hard,” said Federer. He said, “I felt very disappointed in the moment itself. I still am. But at the same time, there is a weight that falls off your shoulder when a tournament is over like a huge goal is made or missed. It doesn’t matter… The weight is gone and you’re exhausted.” 

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