In a retirement hint, Roger Federer explains why Hubert Hurkacz’s Wimbledon loss was “special.”
After losing in the Wimbledon 2021 quarter-final, Roger Federer looks to have dropped a hint about his future.
Despite a disappointing departure from Wimbledon, Roger Federer has revealed that he continues to play tennis at the age of 39 because of the affection he receives from fans. This is the latest signal that he may play into his 40s.
Hubert Hurkacz defeated the 20-time Grand Slam winner in the quarter-finals of the Championships.
Hurkacz advanced to his first All England Club semi-final by defeating Federer 6-3, 7-6, 6-0.
Federer’s performance in the final set was particularly poor, prompting new speculation that the world No. 8 may be nearing the end of his illustrious career.
The Swiss was aiming to win his tenth Wimbledon crown, but there’s a risk he won’t have another opportunity anymore.
Federer’s most recent Grand Slam victory came in the 2018 Australian Open, when he defeated Marin Cilic to claim his 20th Grand Slam championship.
Despite holding two championship points, he was defeated by Novak Djokovic in the 2019 Wimbledon final.
However, Federer, who will turn 40 next month, has hinted that he may continue to play after previously stating that he stays on the tour because of the support he receives from fans.
Federer’s fans will continue to adore him, implying that he will continue to compete.
“Yeah, the standing ovation is incredible. Look, I really like it. That is why I enjoy playing. That’s why I’m still playing now,” Federer said after losing in straight sets to Hurkacz, who will face Matteo Berrettini in the semi-final on Friday.
“It’s fantastic to see a 100 percent turnout. Unfortunately for them, I was defeated in straight sets.
“Overall, look, I’m extremely appreciative for all of the help I’ve received here over the years. Today was another one of those days.
“You can tell they’re pleased to be out there watching tennis and trying to get the most out of the players. Hubert did a fantastic job. Of course, the end was difficult.
“In the moment, I was quite disappointed. I’m still here.
“At the same time, when a tournament is ended, whether a big goal is made or missed, there’s always a weight lifted off your shoulders. Actually, it doesn’t make a difference.
“You don’t feel as though you’re gaining weight, and you’re fatigued. I’m completely exhausted. “Brinkwire Summary News,” says I.