Roger Federer’s dream of winning his ninth title at Wimbledon was brutally shattered in the quarter-finals on Wednesday, moreover with a score that does not do justice to an icon of his caliber. The Swiss phenomenon 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, author of a good tournament compared to the circumstances, has shown that he is still far from the form necessary to aspire to the highest levels. The 39-year-old from Basel had already taken a big risk on his debut against Adrian Mannarino, taking advantage of the unfortunate incident that occurred to the latter as he led by two sets to one.
At the press conference after his elimination in London, the 20-time Grand Slam champion did not want to unbalance his future, but he could not hide a certain dose of regret. In an interview with the portal “Metro”, WTA legend Martina Navratilova analyzed the performance of King Roger in her favorite tournament.
Navratilova on Roger Federer
Former American tennis player Martina Navratilova appreciated Roger Federer’s loss a few days ago in the Wimbledon quarter-finals in 2021, adding that time is running out and Switzerland’s shortcomings are increasingly noticeable: ” Roger missed a year due to an injury.
However, considering the fact that the circuit has been crippled by the coronavirus, it seems nothing has been lost. He has managed to get back in shape and currently his knee does not bother him, but time is running out. He will be able to play tennis all the time.
As long as he wants, but he will not be able to rejuvenate. Due to his age, he cannot train as hard as before. In the quarterfinals against Hurkacz, we saw all his weaknesses. As you get older, the mistakes become more obvious and you can’t change your game as easily as ten years ago, “he said in remarks collected by Metro.
Although Federer missed the Rio 2016 Olympics with a knee injury, the reasons for his absence could be different. While exhaustion could play a role, the increasingly stringent restrictions in Japan could play an equally important role in his decision.
While the Swiss star has set an example for the new generation of players on the tour, former tennis player Chris Evert believes he needs to work harder if he continues to compete. She said: “If he wants to come back he has to work harder than he has ever done before and he has to realize that there are a lot of young guys coming in who are dangerous… It’s okay. to be harder and harder. If he wants to play, he will have to face more losses ”.