Is it the Conclusion of Roger Federer’s Prolific Career?

Published 08/17/2021, 6:38 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 14: Roger Federer of Switzerland is interviewed after his victory over Novak Djokovic of Serbia during Day Five of the Nitto ATP World Tour Finals at The O2 Arena on November 14, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)


Roger Federer withdrew from the Cincinnati Open a couple of weeks back, in order to prepare for the US Open. However, a couple of days back, the Swiss star announced his withdrawal from the Grand Slam as well. He will be undergoing another knee surgery and will miss out on many months of tennis.

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After more than 100 tour-level titles, 20 Grand Slam titles, and a few Olympic medals, the question arises again; how long before Roger hangs up his racquet? This question is yet to be answered, and no one knows the right answer.

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Roger Federer struggling with his knee

Roger Federer has been struggling with his knee for the past two years. After undergoing two successful knee operations last year in February and May, Federer returned to court this year. However, he has not enjoyed the success of earlier times. His last tournament was the Wimbledon Championships back in July, after which he took a break for his body. He even missed the Olympics and a number of other important tournaments.

Federer turned 40 on the 8th of August and did not hint at any retirement plans. He lost to Hubert Hurkacz in the quarterfinals of the Wimbledon Championships. However, he had no intentions of retiring after that defeat either. His dream is to win another major title, possibly the Wimbledon Championships.

I am realistic, don’t get me wrong. I know how difficult it is at this age right now to do another surgery and try it. But I want to be healthy, I will go through the rehab process I think also with a goal while I’m still active, which I think is going to help me during this long period of time,” said Federer.

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2019 US Open Tennis Tournament- Day Nine. Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts during his match against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in the Men’s Singles Quarter-Finals match on Arthur Ashe Stadium during the 2019 US Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3rd, 2019 in Flushing, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Is it time for Federer to retire?

Roger Federer has been one of the best players in the sport. The GOAT debate will continue for a long time; however, the Swiss star ranks the highest in terms of class and flair. He has produced some of the greatest moments in tennis and will definitely consider his options after surgery.

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From a neutral perspective, it will be the perfect time for Federer to retire after establishing himself in the circuit. With his constant injuries, young players rising up the ranks, and the sport demanding more fitness, Roger will find it tough to make a comeback. However, legends never retire, and he will remain a legend for the years to come.

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Suchit Halder

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Suchit Halder is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Management Studies from St Xavier's College, Mumbai. With a keen interest in writing and sports, Suchit has previously worked as a content writer at Football Counter and worked with the content team for Delhi Capitals during IPL 2021.

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