“Will Not Be Back at Wimbledon”: Boris Becker Believes Roger Federer Will Hang His Racquet Following Wimbledon Championships 2021 Loss

Published 07/12/2021, 4:05 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 7, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer reacts during his quarter final match against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz REUTERS/Toby Melville


World No. 1 Novak Djokovic emerged as the champion of the Wimbledon Championships 2021. Facing Matteo Berrettini in the finals, he made a brilliant comeback and won the match in four sets. However, his arch-rival, Roger Federer, failed to leave a mark at the Grand Slam.

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Even though Roger Federer reached the quarter-finals of the Wimbledon Championships 2021, he suffered a humiliating defeat there at the hands of Hubert Hurkacz. Surprisingly, the Polish player even bageled him in the last set.

In a recent article, tennis legend Boris Becker wrote that this was perhaps the last time fans have seen Federer at the Wimbledon Championships.

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Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 7, 2021. Switzerland’s Roger Federer wipes his face during his quarter-final match against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz REUTERS/Toby Melville

“I have the feeling that he will not be back at Wimbledon this time next summer after what happened this week, which I think will have been a shock to him,” mentioned Becker.

Becker thinks that the defeat in the quarter-finals must have been a shock to the Swiss Maestro. In such a situation, it is certainly going to be tough for him to make a comeback next year.

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“The manner of his defeat to Hubert Hurkacz changed things”- Becker on Roger Federer

Becker further wrote that Federer initially came up with a plan to give himself some time and then think about winning another major. However, Becker feels that Federer should now be thinking about his retirement as the defeat against Hurkacz completely changed the dynamics for him.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 1, 2021. Switzerland’s Roger Federer reacts after falling during his second-round match against France’s Richard Gasquet REUTERS/Paul Childs

“I think Roger arrived here thinking everything was pretty much going to his plan, which was to recover from his knee problems, get fit on the clay, and put himself in a strong position to go very deep at SW19. I don’t believe that he came here deliberating when the best time is to retire, but he may well be doing so now. The manner of his defeat to Hubert Hurkacz changed things,” highlighted the 6-time Grand Slam winner.

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Roger Federer might be playing at the Tokyo Olympics 2021 after this. Fans still have huge expectations from him and want him to deliver some exceptional performances there. Will he be able to win an Olympic Gold before bidding goodbye to the sport?

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