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Wednesday, February 8, 2023

‘It was one of the worst hours of my career’

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Roger Federer will end his career on Friday at the Laver Cup, entering one doubles match and sailing into well-deserved retirement. Roger has been dealing with a knee injury since the start of 2020, playing only six tournaments in the past three seasons and undergoing three surgeries.

Federer’s last singles match came at the last year’s Wimbledon, becoming the oldest player in the quarter-final before falling to Hubert Hurkacz 6-3, 7-6, 6-0! The Pole toppled the Swiss in an hour and 48 minutes, and it was one of Roger’s worst defeats at Majors, including the first bagel since 2008!

Federer described his Wimbledon comeback as extremely difficult, despite scoring four victories. His last set against Hurkacz was one of the worst moments of his career, realizing he could not 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 lost steam in the third set, and it will remain his last singles appearance in a career. Federer was far from the first-time Major quarter-finalist’s pace, despite having more winners than unforced errors.

The veteran struggled on serve and return and made too many basic errors. Roger earned one break in the second set and failed to keep the pressure on Hubert after getting broken five times from 15 chances offered to his opponent.

Roger Federer won only nine games against Hubert Hurkacz at Wimbledon.

Hurkacz forged the advantage with a break at 3-2 in the opener and closed it 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 broke back at 2-4 with a deep return and regained composure. Roger did not play well in the tie break, struggling with his footwork and losing it 7-4. In one of his worst performances at Wimbledon in a career, Federer took only 15 points in the third set to experience a bagel and hit the exit door in the worst possible way.

Roger underwent surgery a few weeks later and has not played since. “It was tough; the entire comeback was extremely difficult. I was far from 100%, and reaching the Wimbledon quarter-final was unbelievable. Still, the last set I played against Hubert Hurkacz was one of the worst hours of my career,” Roger Federer said.


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