Roger Federer has not played since the last year's Wimbledon. The veteran underwent the third knee surgery following the All England Club and could not recover and play injury-free. The 20-time Major champion will end his glorious career at the upcoming Laver Cup on Friday, competing in one doubles match and writing the last chapter of his incredible journey.
Roger has played only six tournaments since the start of 2020, and the most recent came at the last year's Wimbledon. With two knee surgeries from the previous season and no matches in his legs, Federer stopped the clock and defeated four rivals during his 22nd All England Club visit.
Thus, despite playing way below his best, he became the oldest Wimbledon quarter-finalist in the Open era. Roger withdrew from Roland Garros ahead of the fourth-round clash to preserve his knee for the beloved grass swing. Still, the Swiss felt the pain in Halle and Wimbledon despite giving his best to produce his best tennis and fight for the titles.
Roger struggled in the opening three sets against Adrian Mannarino in the first round, trailing two sets to one and moving closer to the exit door. Federer raised his level in the fourth set, and Mannarino retired at the beginning of the decider due to an injury.
Roger took down Richard Gasquet in the second round in straight sets, prevailing in the opener and playing better after that to move into the last 32. Federer overpowered Cameron Norrie in four sets after two hours and 35 minutes in the third round, losing serve twice and stealing the rival's serve four times to find himself in the last 16.
Finding the rhythm and putting the pain aside, Roger ousted Lorenzo Sonego in straight sets to move into the last eight and write history. The Swiss dropped 21 points in 15 service games and broke his rival five times to set the quarter-final clash with Hubert Hurkacz.
Roger Federer reached his last Major quarter-final at the last year's Wimbledon.
In what turned out to be the last singles match of his career, Roger experienced a 6-3, 7-6, 6-0 loss in an hour and 48 minutes. Federer received a bagel for the first time since the 2008 Roland Garros final, wasting his chance in the second set and losing steam in the third after winning only 15 points.
Federer struggled with his movement and made too many mistakes, breaking the rival once and losing serve five times. Hurkacz moved in front in the opener's sixth game and closed the set with a service winner at 5-3 after 28 minutes.
Federer earned an early break in set number two before Hurkacz pulled it back at 2-4. Roger did not play well in the tie break, struggling with his footwork and losing it 7-4. In one of his worst ever performances at Wimbledon, Federer took only 15 points in the third set to experience a bagel and hit the exit door in the worst possible way.
“It was tough; the entire comeback was extremely difficult. I was far from 100%, and reaching the Wimbledon quarter-final was unbelievable. Still, the last set I played against Hubert Hurkacz was one of the worst hours of my career,” Roger Federer said.