Of the Big 4, only Roger Federer was able to reach the Wimbledon semifinals. And to the 7-time champion, that’s a surprise even to him that Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have fallen.
“I’m surprised to see them going out,” said Federer. “But the other guys are playing well. Grass court, margins are small. Still remains a great, great tournament.
“Of course, I wish them the best, that they come back strong again.”
Nadal was stunned by Gilles Muller while the ailing Murray and Djokovic were ushered out by Sam Querrey and Tomas Berdych, respectively.
Regarding Djokovic’s injury, Federer also commented who understanding and reacting to your injuries adds to your longevity.
“The problem is you can only play with a certain injury for a certain amount of time, because what you don’t want happening is that it becomes chronic. Then even a surgery can’t help you that much any more. That’s why I’m happy I’ve had to take my first surgery really only at 34, 35 years old. That was a blessing. I’m happy about that.”
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