Could this be the beginning of the end for Roger Federer?
The tennis titan lost in straight sets against Hubert Hurkacz in his quarter-final match at Wimbledon on Wednesday, the first time since his first Wimbledon victory in 2003.
Understandably, some questions about the future of the 39-year-old were raised, because in a few weeks birthday number 40 came.
At a post-game press conference, Federer was asked if this would be his last Wimbledon and he gave a small hint of uncertainty as to whether he will step back on the lawn.
Federer on whether it will be his last Wimbledon: “I don’t know. I really do not know it. I have to regroup. My goal has always been to try and play another Wimbledon. I did it this year, which I’m very happy about. Everything that comes after we have to sit down and talk about it ‘
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“I don’t know, I really don’t know,” said Federer. “I have to regroup. My goal has always been to play another Wimbledon. I made it this year, which I’m very happy about. Everything that comes after that, we have to sit down and talk about it.”
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Federer had planned to play in last year’s edition of Wimbledon, but the major event was canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic. His court order after the loss had some finality.
Federer’s last Grand Slam win came in 2018 when he defended his Australian Open win against Marin Cilic. Federer spent time off the pitch nursing a knee injury and eventually suffered setbacks that kept him away between February 2020 and March 2021, forcing him to retire from multiple events.
If Federer’s Wimbledon defeat was indeed the beginning of the end for the Swiss great, then it is only fitting that he is in the place where he won eight Grand Slam titles.