Federer's painful donut

His walk after an ugly loss to Hurkacz, as the Wimbledon crowd shouted “one more year!”, May be his last. There are few arguments to follow.


"Of course I'd like to come back here, but at my age you never know what's around the corner." The 'age' marks 40 years on August 8, too many for an elite tennis player, even if it is one of the best in history. And the 'here' is Wimbledon, the tournament where he has entered his name as champion eight times. More than anyone. Every Roger Federer racket sounds goodbye this season. His walk this Wednesday on his way to the dressing room, while the All England stands, who adore him, shouted “one more year!”, One more year, it may be the last. You never know. If it were, it would be a bitter closure, an ugly loss in his temple to Hubert Hurkacz in one hour and 48 minutes. Not because he succumbed to the 18th in the world, which could happen, but because he did it in three sets, something that no one had achieved on this stage since Marin Cilic in 2002, when he had not yet added any greats, and because no one had endorsed him a zero, a painful rosco that only conceded twice in a Grand Slam, against Patrick Rafter and Rafa Nadal in 1999 and 2008, but in the land of Roland Garros. Never in your garden.

If Federer decides to continue, which we will see, there are few arguments to support the decision. This year he has lost to Basilashvili, Andújar, Auger-Aliassime and Hurkacz, four middle-class tennis players, at least so far. The sensations, the game and the physique have not accompanied. At Roland Garros he retired to avoid crushing his body, but the maneuver did not go well either, because then he fell in Halle and arrived in London without rhythm. Roger has entrusted everything to his grass, to the affection of the public, to the memory of those two championship balls lost to Novak Djokovic with his service not so long ago, in 2019. After that came the pandemic, his knee operation ... And they have past two years. The Swiss has had flashes, but Hurkacz has returned him to his current reality. We all want to see the eternal Federer. But no one knows if it is around the corner or, as it seems, is already gone forever.

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