Just a few months after his last visit, eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer stepped foot on his beloved Center Court on Friday. Accompanied by his former coach and friend Severin Luthi, Roger had a great day in London and returned to the court where he won his first Major and played the last singles match of his career.
Federer captured the Wimbledon junior title in 1998 before two early exits at the professional level in the years that followed. The Swiss was a quarter-finalist in 2001 following that epic win over seven-time champion Pete Sampras in five sets.
Two years later, Roger went all the way and lifted his first Major crown following a win over Mark Philippoussis in the title clash. Federer went on an incredible run until the 2008 final, winning five straight titles before losing that year’s final to Rafael Nadal in a thriller.
Roger regained the title in 2009 and added another in 2012 to equal Pete Sampras’ record.
Roger Federer visited Wimbledon with Severin Luthi.
Novak Djokovic was too strong for Federer in back-to-back Wimbledon finals in 2014 and 2015, rebounding two years later and becoming Wimbledon’s first eight-time winner.
The Swiss came within one point of the All England Club’s ninth trophy in 2019, gave it his all against Djokovic and wasted two match points on serve in the most exciting Wimbledon final decider ever! Federer’s 22nd and final Wimbledon campaign came last year, struggling with a knee injury but still wanting to give his best at the beloved event.
The veteran stopped the clock and dropped four opponents to enter the last eight as the oldest player in the Open era! Competing in only his sixth tournament since early 2020, Federer put his physical issues behind him and advanced to the second week.
Lorenzo Sonego fell in the fourth round, and the Swiss wanted more against Hubert Hurkacz. Instead, the Pole scored a 6-3, 7-6, 6-0 triumph in one hour and 48 minutes for a place in his first Grand Slam semifinal. Federer experienced his first bagel since the 2008 Roland Garros final, losing steam after a tight second set and ending his campaign short of the semifinal.
Despite having more winners than unforced errors, Roger was far from the opponent’s rhythm, struggling with serve and return and making too many basic errors. Federer earned a break in the second set and was unable to keep up the pressure on Hurkacz after he was broken five times in 15 chances offered to his opponent.
Hubert carved out the lead with a break at 3-2 in the opening 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 before Hurkacz pulled back at 2-4 with a deep return to regain his composure.
Roger did not play well in the tiebreaker, struggled with his footwork, and lost 7-4 when Hubert fired two game-winners on the final two points. In one of his worst Wimbledon sets of his career, Federer took just 15 points in the third set to experience a bagel and hit the starting gate the hard way.
Roger underwent surgery a few weeks later and never played singles matches again. The Swiss maestro retired at this year’s Laver Cup in London alongside Rafael Nadal, leaving tennis after 25 years on Tour.