At Wimbledon, Roger Federer hoped for a miracle, but. Says Ivan Ljubicic

The Laver Cup will be Roger Federer‘s final match. After battling a knee injury for over three years, the 20-time Major champion has made the difficult decision to call it a day on his illustrious career. In 2020 and 2021, Roger underwent three surgeries, doing everything he could to recover and continue working for a few more years.

Instead, he has only participated in six tournaments since the year 2020 began, finding it difficult to practice without getting hurt and play tennis competitively after such a long absence. Federer had not competed since the Wimbledon of the previous year, when he advanced to the quarterfinals at the All England Club before requiring a third operation.

To protect his knee for the cherished grass swing, Roger withdrew from Roland Garros prior to the fourth-round match. Even though the Swiss gave it his all to play his best tennis and compete for the crowns in Halle and Wimbledon, he still felt the anguish.

Ivan Ljubicic, Roger’s coach, indicated that his student had already experienced pain in Halle. He longed for a miracle at Wimbledon after losing to Felix Auger-Aliassime in the second round. Federer stopped the clock and overcame four opponents to become the oldest Wimbledon quarterfinalist in the Open era by embracing his 22nd All England Club campaign!

In the first round, Roger struggled against Adrian Mannarino in the first three sets, falling behind two sets to one and getting closer to the exit. In the fourth set, Federer improved, while Mannarino withdrew at the start of the decider owing to an injury.

In the second round, Roger defeated Richard Gasquet in straight sets. He won the first set and then improved and through to the round of 32. In the third round, Federer defeated Cameron Norrie in four sets after two hours and 35 minutes, stealing the opponent’s serve four times while losing serve twice.

To advance to the last eight and make history, Roger defeated Lorenzo Sonego in straight sets in the fourth round after finding his groove. In 15 service games, the Swiss lost 21 points and broke his opponent five times to set up the quarterfinal matchup with Hubert Hurkacz.

Ivan Ljubicic disclosed Roger Federer‘s knee issue from the previous year.

Roger lost 6-3, 7-6, 6-0 in 1 hour and 48 minutes in what turned out to be his final encounter at a Major. For the first time since the 2008 Roland Garros final, Federer was given a bagel. Federer wasted his opportunity in the second set and ran out of steam in the third.

Federer was far behind the first-time Major quarter-speed, finalist’s battling on serve and return and making far too many elementary mistakes, although having more wins than unforced errors. In the second set, Roger managed to earn one break.

Despite this, he was unable to maintain pressure on Hubert because he was broken five times out of the 15 opportunities given to his opponent. Hurkacz took the lead early on with a break at 3-2 and sealed it in game nine after 28 minutes with a service winner.

In the second set, Federer took an early break in an effort to step up his game, but Hurkacz broke immediately at 2-4 with a powerful return to regain control. When Hubert fired two winners at 5-4 in the tiebreaker, Roger struggled with his footwork and lost 7-4.

Federer needed just 15 points in the third set to endure a bagel and hit the exit door in the worst way conceivable, making it one of his worst sets at Wimbledon in his career. A few weeks later, Roger underwent surgery, thereby ending his career.

“When Roger lost to Felix Auger-Aliassime in Halle last year, he was in pain. Given how badly his knee felt, he was aware that he would not have a chance at Wimbledon. We expected a miracle, but it didn’t materialize “Added Ivan Ljubicic.