In his Wimbledon loss, Roger Federer “didn’t look like he wanted to be out there.”
According to Patrick McEnroe, Roger Federer “didn’t appear like he wanted to be out there” after his straight sets loss to Hubert Hurkacz.
Roger Federer was beaten badly in the quarter-finals by Hubert Hurkacz of Poland. For the first time at Wimbledon, the Swiss lost a set 6-0, his biggest defeat at the All England Club since 2002.
Due to form and fitness issues, the 20-time Grand Slam champion has played virtually little tennis this year.
However, following a lackluster first-round encounter against Adrian Mannarino, Federer grew more confidence as the event went.
Following a convincing win over Richard Gasquet, a strong overall performance against Cameron Norrie was followed by a comfortable victory over Lorenzo Sonego in round four.
The Swiss, on the other hand, were soundly defeated by Hurkacz, who was playing in his maiden Grand Slam quarter-final, 6-3 7-6 6-0.
The loss has reignited speculation about Federer’s future as he nears the end of his illustrious career.
Patrick McEnroe, a former French Open winner, says Federer lost interest after the humiliating defeat.
“A lot of emotions watching Federer leave the court because you’re not sure if this is it,” he told ESPN. We’re all curious, and you’re speculating.”
“I believe he’ll think about it for a while. Certainly, the way he went out in the fourth set, getting bageled, made it appear as if he didn’t want to be out there. He acted as if he knew the writing was on the wall.
“Obviously, Hurkacz has a lot of firepower, and he played a very mature match. I’m not sure if he (Federer) is willing to pay the physical price to return, since the movement wasn’t there.
“His ability to sprint rapidly was lacking, especially when he had to go wide. And I believe he realized it, and I believe he felt it, especially after losing the second set he should have won.
“So, if he believes he can put in the effort to regain his fitness and mobility, I believe he will. But I don’t think he’ll keep going if he believes this is the most he can accomplish, the best he can play right now.”
Despite the loss, McEnroe believes the Swiss may be proud of reaching the final. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”