Swizz sensation Roger Federer bowed out of Wimbledon after losing to Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz in the quarter-final. The 20-time Grand Slam winner lost 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), 6-0, his 14th defeat at the tournament in 119 matches and first straight-sets loss since the first-round exit against Mario Ancic in 2002.
It is also the first time that he lost a set 6-0 in Wimbledon and just the third time in a Grand Slam. The other two occasions came at French Open against Pat Rafter in 1999 and Rafael Nadal in 2008. Federer is nearing his 40th birthday but the ace player has insisted that he won’t rush into making a decision on retirement.
“I don’t know. I really don’t know. I’ve got to regroup,” said Federer when asked if his Wimbledon career was over.
“With everything that comes after Wimbledon, we were always going to sit down and talk about it because clearly now Wimbledon is over. I got to take a few days.
“Just see, Okay, what do I need to do to get in better shape so I can be more competitive.”
Federer has not won a Grand Slam since 2018 Australian Open but defeated Novak Djokovic in the epic 2019 Wimbledon final. Federer hasn’t played much this year due to two knee surgeries in 2020. The star tennis player played just eight matches this year before Wimbledon. Federer further revealed that he wants to continue playing but given his age, he cannot be certain of anything.
“Of course I would like to play it again, but at my age you’re just never sure what’s around the corner,” added Federer.
“I will take my time, not feel rushed by you guys or anybody else. I got to take my time, take the right decision, the one decision I want to take and where I feel most comfortable.
“The team and me were actually very happy I made it as far as the quarters here. That’s how it goes. I’ll be fine. I have perspective about it, so it’s all good.”
Federer’s next major event will be the Tokyo Olympics that gets underway in two weeks.