The adventure of the eight-time champion of the tournament on English grass and twenty-time winner of Grand Slam titles, Roger Federer, stops at the Wimbledon quarter-finals. The Swiss tennis player, now almost 40 years old, and back from two very complicated years between a pandemic and above all two knee operations, gave up clearly in three sets against the Polish Hubert Hurkacz, offering probably the worst performance of the tournament. The surprising adventure of the Pole who will face our Matteo Berrettini after beating Roger with the result of 6-3; 7-6; 6-0 continues. Roger Federer appeared very regretful at the press conference where he tried to understand the reasons for the defeat: “The last few meetings have been very hard and honestly I always felt at a point of no return, I’m not used to these situations. The crowd was incredible, the ovation at the end of the race was fantastic and this is one of the reasons why I still continue to play. It was nice to see the stadium full and I’m sorry they saw my defeat. I congratulate my opponent and thank the audience for all the support they have given me over the years. Last time in Wimbledon? I don’t know, I really don’t know. I have to sit down with my team and regroup. My goal last year was to play and try to do another Wimbledon, in fact I had to play the tournament last year but maybe there was some physical risk and then the pandemic was born. Playing this year made me happy, I’m sorry I was eliminated but at the same time I’m happy to have moved on, especially after the risks of the first round with Mannarino. I would like to play here again but at my age nothing is safe.”
Becker opens up 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. “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.” Becker also reserved some praise for Hurkacz, who kept his cool despite the magnitude of the occasion. “For him to keep his composure and not to get flustered or nervous is amazing. That win speaks volumes,” Becker said.