Roger Federer crashed out of Wimbledon in the quarter-finals by the hands of Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz on Wednesday, however insisted he is not going to be hastened into retirement even along with his fortieth birthday simply 5 weeks away. Federer, the 20-time Grand Slam title winner, misplaced 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 6-0 to a participant 15 years his junior. It was solely the eight-time Wimbledon champion’s 14th defeat on the match in 119 matches and his first straight-sets loss since a gap spherical exit in opposition to Mario Ancic in 2002.
It was additionally the primary time he had misplaced a set 6-0 at Wimbledon and simply the third time at a Slam.
The opposite two events each got here on the French Open — in opposition to Pat Rafter in 1999 and Rafael Nadal in 2008.
“I don’t know. I really don’t know. I’ve got to regroup,” stated Federer when requested if his Wimbledon profession 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.
“Simply see, Okay, what do I must do to get in higher form so I will be extra aggressive.”
Those discussions will also center on his participation in the Olympic Games in Tokyo which start in just over two weeks’ time.
Federer is now without a Slam since the 2018 Australian Open but he had two match points to beat Novak Djokovic in the epic 2019 Wimbledon final.
“Clearly there’s nonetheless plenty of issues lacking in my sport that perhaps 10, 15, 20 years in the past have been quite simple and really regular for me to do,’ he added ruefully.
Federer had solely performed eight matches this 12 months earlier than Wimbledon as he recovered from two knee surgical procedures in 2020.
“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 hastened 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 staff and me have been really very pleased I made it so far as the quarters right here. That is the way it goes. I will be nice. I’ve perspective about it, so it is all good.”
Former Wimbledon champion Boris Becker, however, has his doubts Federer will play Wimbledon again.
Had he won on Wednesday, Federer would have been the oldest man in over half a century to get to the last four.
“I observed the mis-hits, awkward wanting factors from Roger and clearly the final set in fact, 6-0,” said Becker.
‘See him again?’
“He would by no means ever say if there was a niggle, however I do not know if we are going to ever see the nice man once more right here.”
World number 18 Hurkacz, 24, had never got beyond the third round of a Grand Slam before this Wimbledon.
However, boosted by having defeated world number two Daniil Medvedev in five sets in the last 16, he was a break up on a sluggish-looking Federer in the sixth game of the opening set.
The Swiss star carved out a break for 2-0 in the second set.
He couldn’t hang on and Hurkacz leveled in the seventh game from 1-4 down before dominating the tiebreak.
Federer looked punch drunk and he was quickly down 0-2 in the third set before Hurkacz wrapped up the decider in just 29 minutes.
He is only the second Polish man to reach the semi-finals at Wimbledon — Jerzy Janowicz being the other in 2013.
Up next is a clash with Matteo Berrettini of Italy for a place in Sunday’s final.
“Roger was congratulating me and wishing good luck for the subsequent matches,” said Hurkacz.
“Clearly strolling off the court docket realising that I gained in opposition to Roger, I imply, simply type of a dream come true, particularly right here on grass in Wimbledon.
“Felt so special with the crowd around as well.”
Hurkacz had solely met Federer as soon as earlier than Wednesday — a straight units loss at Indian Wells within the quarter-finals in 2019.
His run to the semi-finals is spectacular, nevertheless, as he had gained only one match on tour between his shock Miami Masters title in March and the beginning of Wimbledon.
That dismal streak included defeat within the first spherical of the French Open to world quantity 154 Botic Van de Zandschulp and first-up losses within the grass court docket occasions at Stuttgart and Halle.
The defeat in Stuttgart was notably painful because it got here by the hands of Dominic Stricker, ranked a lowly 335 on the time.
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