Roger Federer will end his career on Friday at the Laver Cup, entering a doubles match and sailing to a well-deserved retirement. Roger has been dealing with a knee injury since the beginning of 2020, playing only six tournaments in the last three seasons and undergoing three surgeries.
Federer’s last singles match was at Wimbledon last year, becoming the oldest player in the quarterfinals before falling to Hubert Hurkacz 6-3, 7-6, 6-0. The Pole defeated the Swiss in one hour and 48 minutes, and it was one of Roger’s worst losses in Majors, including the first bagel since 2008!
Federer described his return to Wimbledon as extremely difficult, despite taking four wins. His last set against Hurkacz was one of the worst moments of his career, realizing that he couldn’t play at a high level due to constant pain.
Federer had his chances in the second set before losing it in the tie break. He ran out of steam in the third set, and it will remain the last singles appearance of his in his career. Federer was far off the pace of the first Major quarterfinalist, despite having more game winners than unforced errors.
The veteran struggled with serving and returning and made too many basic errors. Roger earned a break in the second set and was unable to keep the pressure on Hubert after he was broken five times in 15 chances offered to his opponent.
Roger Federer won just nine games against Hubert Hurkacz at Wimbledon.
Hurkacz forged the lead with a break at 3-2 in the first set and closed it out with a service winner in game nine after 28 minutes. Eager to improve his game, Federer earned an early break in set number two.
Hurkacz made it 2-4 back with a deep return and regained his composure. Roger didn’t play well in the tiebreaker, he struggled with his footwork and lost 7-4. In one of the worst Wimbledon performances of his career, Federer took just 15 points in the third set to experience a bagel and hit the exit door in the worst way possible.
Roger had surgery a few weeks later and hasn’t played since. «It was tough; the whole comeback was extremely difficult. I was far from 100% and getting to the Wimbledon quarter-finals was unbelievable. Still, the last set I played against Hubert Hurkacz was one of the worst hours of my career.» Roger Federer said.