'Roger Federer hoped for a miracle at Wimbledon, but..' Ivan Ljubicic says

“Roger Federer was hoping for a miracle at Wimbledon, but…” says Ivan Ljubicic

Roger Federer will retire at the Laver Cup next week. The 20-time major champion has decided to end his glorious career after struggling with a knee injury for almost three years. Roger underwent three surgeries in 2020 and 2021 and did his best to recover and add a few more years to his career.

Instead, he has only played six tournaments since the beginning of 2020 and has struggled to train and play competitive tennis without injury after such a long hiatus. Federer has not played since Wimbledon last year and reached the quarter-finals at the All England Club before undergoing the third operation.

Roger retired from Roland Garros ahead of their fourth-round clash to rest his knee for the beloved grass swing. Still, the Swiss felt the pain at Halle and Wimbledon despite trying his best to play his best tennis and fight for the titles.

Rogers coach Ivan Ljubicic revealed that his pupil had already felt pain in Halle. He lost to Felix Auger-Aliassime in the second round and wished for a miracle at Wimbledon. In his 22nd All England Club campaign, Federer stopped the clock and defeated four rivals to become the oldest Wimbledon quarter-finalist of the Open era!

Roger fought Adrian Mannarino in the opening round in the first three sets, trailing two sets to one and moving closer to the exit door. Federer increased his level in the fourth set and Mannarino was injured early in the third set.

Roger defeated Richard Gasquet in straight sets in the second round, prevailed in the opener and played better after that, advancing to the last 32. Federer overpowered Cameron Norrie in four sets after two hours and 35 minutes of the third round, losing serve twice and stealing the rival’s serve four times to advance.

Roger found the rhythm and edged out Lorenzo Sonego in straight sets in the fourth round to finish in the last eight and make history. The Swiss lost 21 points in 15 service games and broke his rival five times to reach the quarterfinals match with Hubert Hurkacz.

Ivan Ljubicic revealed Roger Federer’s knee struggle last year.

In his last game with the Majors, Roger lost 3-6, 6-7, 0-6 in an hour and 48 minutes. Federer received a bagel for the first time since the 2008 Roland Garros final, wasting his chance in the second set and losing steam in the third.

Despite having more winners than unforced errors, Federer was far from the pace of the first-time Major quarterfinalist, struggling on serve and return and making too many fundamental errors. Roger earned a break in the second set.

Still, he couldn’t keep the pressure on Hubert after being broken five times out of 15 chances offered to his opponent. Hurkacz extended the advantage with a break to make it 3-2 in the opening set, then capping it with a service winner in game nine after 28 minutes.

Eager to improve his game, Federer grabbed an early break in set number two before Hurkacz broke back at 2-4 with a deep return to regain his composure. Roger didn’t play well in the tiebreak, struggling with his footwork and losing 7-4 when Hubert fired two 5-4 winners.

In one of his worst sets at Wimbledon in his career, Federer took just 15 points in the third set to experience a bagel and hit the exit door in the worst possible way. Roger underwent surgery a few weeks later and basically ended his career.

“Roger was in pain when he lost to Felix Auger-Aliassime in Halle last year. He knew he wouldn’t stand a chance at Wimbledon as his knee was so sore. We were hoping for a miracle, but it didn’t happen,” said Ivan Ljubicic.

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