Roger Federer explains why he was surprised at Wimbledon despite “all the troubles” in the previous 18 months.
In the quarter-finals at Wimbledon, Roger Federer takes against Hubert Hurkacz.
After an 18-month struggle with injury, Roger Federer has admitted that he did not expect to make the quarter-finals at Wimbledon. The Swiss is playing Hubert Hurkacz in the last eight this afternoon, hoping to make more history at SW19.
Because COVID-19 affected the whole ATP World Tour last year, Federer only played in the Australian Open.
In addition, the tennis legend had to have two arthroscopic procedures on his right knee.
Federer needed some time off to heal before competing in the ExxonMobil One in Qatar in March.
Due to soreness in his knee, the 39-year-old withdrew from the French Open ahead of his fourth-round match against Matteo Berrettini last month.
In a statement, he revealed that he had chosen to prioritize his participation at Wimbledon, a decision that he is now experiencing the benefits of.
A reflective Federer revealed to the BBC ahead of his match with Hurkacz that he had not expected to be here.
“I’m very delighted to have made another quarters at over 40 years old; with all the challenges I’ve had in the last year and a half, I didn’t expect it to arrive this year, so I’m extremely happy to be here,” he added.
“I know the quarter-finals will be challenging, but I’m incredibly happy to get here and now I know anything is possible.”
Federer was in a contemplative mood as he reminisced about his early days at Wimbledon.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner spoke up about his career and how his expectations have evolved over time.
He remarked, “In your dreams, you hope to win one Wimbledon.” “Then the dreams come to an end; you can’t think that far ahead. In 2001, I defeated [Tim] Henman in the quarterfinals.
“The next year, I lost in the first round to Mario Ancic, and then in 2003, you think to yourself, ‘I hope I can break that barrier or enter the quarterfinals.’
“I hoped to enter the semis for the first time, and I did, I got into the match with [Andy] Roddick, and I started playing like a dream,” she said.
“I had no idea I had that much tennis in me, and then you’re in the finals.”
“Then you win it, and that’s all there is to it.”Brinkwire Summary News”.