Roger Federer and Wimbledon is a match made in heaven for Tennis fans. The Swiss Maestro has won the coveted trophy on eight occasions and he is one of the most successful Tennis players at SW19. Federer was able to qualify for the quarterfinal of the tournament in 2021 but his run was ended by Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz in straight sets.
The legendary player then received a standing ovation from the crowd which was special for him. Meanwhile, Federer is recovering on the right path after undergoing one more knee surgery and it would be interesting to note when he will return to the Tennis court.
Federer revealed that he left the court as soon as he lost his match as he wanted to give the stage to Hubert Hurkacz, who made it to his first major semi final and deserved all the accolades.
The standing ovation I received there this year was certainly a special one,” Federer told GQ. “When I left the court, I could feel the crowd’s love and their support. “Obviously, it’s always hard leaving a court after losing at Wimbledon earlier than a final…
When you reach a final, there’s a trophy ceremony, there’s more to it, but when you lose earlier, well, you pack your stuff and you go and, at that point, the stage is your winning opponent’s, in my mind, not yours. “So that was important for me to give that one to Hubert [Hurkacz], obviously, as quickly as possible.”
In fact, there weren’t many expectations from Federer but he did well to reach the quarters of Wimbledon after he was knocked out of Halle Open in the second round. Fed had been out for almost 13 months before making his return at Qatar Open but as expected his game had looked rusty.
“For me personally now, you know, looking back a little bit, I’m actually very grateful, very happy I was just able to play,” he added. “I mean, my last year and a half, it’s been really difficult. It’s been hard with the double knee surgery I had last year and rehab was really slow.
“And, look, in some ways I wish I would have been in better shape for Wimbledon this year. But at the end of the day, I made the quarters – I played Wimbledon! Still! You can never take that sort of thing for granted. “Remember, other guys never had a quarterfinal in their life at Wimbledon and I’ve had so many that I think I have got to have a little perspective and see that actually, overall, it was a really good tournament for me.”