Wimbledon 2021 showed us that Roger Federer is still capable of competing on the tour, but it also highlighted how far he is from top form. The Swiss Maestro left the stage in the quarter-finals at the hands of Hubert Hurkacz, who won in three sets by giving him a bagel that speaks volumes about the King’s current difficulties.
The 39-years-old Swiss left Center Court after receiving a beautiful standing ovation for what was perhaps his last performance in the Cathedral of tennis. During the post-match press conference, the former world number 1 questioned his participation in the Tokyo Olympic Games.
The Olympic event will be held behind closed doors, following the increase in infections in Japan in recent weeks. The Swiss had also skipped the demonstration in 2016, when a series of physical troubles forced him to stop for about six months.
The list of absentees in Tokyo is already very long, including the likes of Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Nick Kyrgios, Stan Wawrinka, Jannik Sinner, Serena Williams and Simona Halep. In a recent interview with the Daily Mail, WTA legend Chris Evert outlined what Roger should do if he intends to continue playing.
Evert gives Roger Federer some advice
She said: “If he wants to go back to high levels, Roger Federer has to work harder than he has done until now. He must realize that there are several young people on the launch pad who are very dangerous. It will get harder and harder at his age. At the same time, it is necessary for him to be able to stomach a greater number of defeats than in the past.
His former rival Martina Navratilova also spoke on the issue: “Roger is back in good shape, but it is clear that he will not be able to rejuvenate. The challenge with Hurkacz in London revealed all his difficulties, in addition to the fact that he can no longer train as before.”