Roger Federer: ‘The next 10 years social media was…’

Roger Federer continues to remember with some anger the defeat he suffered at Wimbledon. Having lost in the quarterfinals to Pole Hubert Hurkacz continues to impress the “Swiss express”, especially since it was in three sets, including 0-6. Despite the result, the 40-year-old emotionally recalled the ovation that he received from the public that attended the All England Club: “The ovation I received after losing was very special for me. I could feel the love and support from the crowd. Obviously, it is always difficult to get off a track after losing at Wimbledon. When you play a final, there is a trophy ceremony and everything takes a little longer, but when you lose first you have to take your things and you go. I did it quickly as Hurkacz deserved a standing ovation for the great game he played. After several months, I am still very happy with how I was fired that day. I have been a very complicated year and a half. It has been difficult with the knee surgery I had last year and how slow my rehab was. I would have liked to have arrived at Wimbledon in better shape, but in the end it couldn’t be. I was still able to play Wimbledon. Despite the discomfort I managed to reach the quarterfinals and that is very good. Losing is never fun. I feel like every defeat is a step backwards.”

Federer on the increasing amounts of pressure 

Roger Federer recently spoke to Jonathan Heaf of the GQ Magazine on a variety of topics, including Naomi Osaka and Emma Raducanu’s struggles on the big stage, the dominance of the Big 3, and Rafael Nadal’s sleeveless tops. “Yes, I think so (that there is too much pressure),” Federer said. “I was following Emma Raducanu’s incredible run in Wimbledon and also Naomi Osaka these last few years – it’s been amazing, both of their stories. But it hurts when you see what happens and when they don’t feel well.” Federer also admitted that press conferences haven’t evolved enough with time, which makes things difficult for athletes. “The stress is so great,” Federer said. “And I think a lot has to be down to social media. The first 10 years of my life there was no social media, maybe I had just a website, then the next 10 years social media was everywhere. Also, in regards to this, the press situation does need to be reconsidered,” he added. “I think I’m one of the athletes who’s done the most press – ever! And I agree that it’s always the same. Always.”