'Roger Federer was at 60-70% at Wimbledon 2021,' Ivan Ljubicic says

“Roger Federer was at 60-70% at Wimbledon 2021,” says Ivan Ljubicic

Roger Federer played his last major tournament at Wimbledon in 2021. The Swiss made his 22nd appearance at the All England Club and made it a run to remember despite being miles from his best. Federer defeated four rivals to become the oldest Wimbledon quarterfinalist in the Open era.

Struggling with a knee injury, Roger arrived in London with no expectations. His coach Ivan Ljubicic said he was at 60 or 70 percent in those two weeks, doing his best but not fighting for the title. 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 to continue his run.

Federer overwhelmed Cameron Norrie in four sets after two hours and 35 minutes of the third round, losing serve twice and stealing serve from the rival four times to find himself in the last 16. Roger found the rhythm and pushed the pain aside, edging out Lorenzo Sonego straight sets to progress to 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.

Roger Federer reached his last major quarterfinals at Wimbledon last year.

In the last singles game of his career, Roger lost 3-6, 6-7, 0-6 in less than two hours.

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 to hit the exit door. Federer struggled with his movement and made too many mistakes, breaking the rival once and losing serve five times.

Hurkacz took the lead in game six of the opener, closing the set 5-3 after 28 minutes with a service winner. Federer earned an early break in set number two, hoping to serve well in the remaining games. Instead, Hurkacz pulled the break back to 2-4 and grabbed a boost.

Roger didn’t play well in the tie break, struggling with his footwork and losing 7-4. In one of his worst performances at Wimbledon, 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 third knee surgery a few weeks later but failed to recover and play injury-free. The Swiss will end his career alongside his old rival Rafael Nadal at the Laver Cup in London on Friday night.

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