“Horribly Exhausted”: Roger Federer Elucidates The Depth of His Disappointment After Wimbledon Defeat

Published 07/08/2021, 5:48 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 7, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer wipes his face with a towel during the break in his quarter final match against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz REUTERS/Toby Melville


It was heartbreak for tennis fans all over the world yesterday, as the legendary Roger Federer crashed out of the Wimbledon Championship 2021. In spite of a relentless fight, the former World No. 1 was eliminated in the quarter-finals at the hands of the Polish International, Hubert Hurkacz. Even so, fans had cheered the Swiss with every swing and a miss. With more than a decade between the two players, it was experience vs energy. And to everyone’s surprise, the youngster got the better of the ‘G.O.A.T’.

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Federer might have been low on energy, but his character and resilience ensured an entertaining match. With some beautiful shots and the most impeccable backhand, he gave the crowd their money’s worth. But against all his odds and efforts, it just wasn’t his day. Reflecting upon the game, the 18-month rehab, and build-up to this, at the press conference, Federer said, “I feel like I’m horribly exhausted. I could go for a nap right now.”

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“A huge weight falls off your shoulders” – Federer

It’s been a long journey back to the court for Roger Federer. Recovering from injury and with the delay caused by the pandemic, he had been out of action for a while. “You put everything on the line and when it’s over, you can just go sleep because you’re just so exhausted from the mental pushing yourself forward and trying everything… The last 18 months have been long and hard,” said Federer.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 7, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer waves after losing his quarter final match against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz Pool via REUTERS/Edward Whitaker
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Roger returned to Wimbledon in style. Right from the first game, the Swiss looked sharp, lethal, and happy to be back. With the crowd behind him, his progression through the rounds made him a title favorite. Hence, this loss hurts a bit more, as winning the competition would be the perfect way to script a return.

He said, “I felt very disappointed in the moment itself. I still am. But at the same time, there is a weight that falls off your shoulder when a tournament is over like a huge goal is made or missed. It doesn’t matter… The weight is gone and you’re exhausted.” 

What’s next for Roger Federer?

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After an emotional end to a phenomenal game of tennis yesterday, fans now wonder if that was it. As Federer left, a huge roar was heard across the center court, with fans on their feet, almost like they were bidding goodbye to their legend forever. The crowd gathered in numbers post the game, just to catch a glimpse of Roger, uncertain and unaware of when they’ll see him next, or if they will see him ever again.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 7, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer leaves Centre Court after losing his quarter final match against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz Pool via REUTERS/Edward Whitaker TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Roger continues to be one of the most decorated players in the sport. He will forever be known as the veteran who is as good as he was as a youngster. However, it is up to him now if he wants to be remembered by history or be remembered for repeating history.

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Watch this story: A Look Back At Roger Federer’s Record 8 Wimbledon Championship Titles

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