5 Things I Think I Thought Watching Roger Federer Get Crushed At Wimbledon
by Sean Randall | July 8th, 2021, 3:02 pm

Wrapping up a rough Wednesday evening at Wimbledon for Roger Federer, here are some thoughts.

1. HE’S 39
Let’s not forget, Andre Agassi retired at age 35, Andy Roddick retired at 32 and Pete Sampras played his last match at 31, and here’s Roger Federer going strong at nearly 40!

At 39, he made the quarters at Wimbledon, the oldest to ever do it in the Open Era! He beat Cameron Norrie who has made a couple finals this year and blew out Lorenzo Sonego who is 13 years younger than him and having a decent year on all surfaces.

And at that age, it can’t be easy playing best-of-5 then coming back even after a day of rest. It has to take a toll but he’s managing.

The problem for Federer is, because his game isn’t serve-based like an Isner or a Karlovic who could play until their 50s, he has to rely on his timing. And that timing comes from speed. As we saw early on against Adrian Mannarino and again yesterday, he’s just not as quick as he once was.

So the reality of it is, unless his knees are still hurting him (we don’t know), he’s not going to get any quicker.

That means he can’t get to as many balls as he once did, and the ones he does get to he might not be in the best position. So we see more shanks, mishits and even less pop on his ground strokes.

On serve he can still get free points or if he gets a sitter in the middle of the court, he’s fine. But getting pulled to the corners is a serious problem.

Is the knee ok? We don’t know. Federer has a history of masking injuries on court.

He didn’t look great out there Wednesday, so maybe the knee was bothering him. Regardless, I do wonder if he’s at a 100% with the knee or not. And if not, how long will it take him to get there.

If it is that bad, maybe that’s a good sign that he has a lot to improve upon.

Full credit to Hubert Hurkacz who played Federer like he was playing just another ordinary match, first round at a 250. He didn’t get overwhelmed by the moment like Richard Gasquet, Norrie, Sonego or even Daniel Koepfer did at the French Open. He went out there as the better player and went right after Federer. No fear.

Going in, I thought he could make some deep inroads, I just wasn’t sure if he could mentally keep it together at the time of asking. But he did and did it impressively.

No surprise, Roger was noncommittal when asked about his future plans. Maybe the Olympics, maybe Wimbledon next year. We just don’t know.

What we do know is that he’s nowhere near the level he needs to be to win Grand Slams. And he’s turning 40 in exactly a month.

My thinking is with the virus still an issue in Tokyo, he’ll take another month to train/rehab, play Cincinnati and the US Open and reevaluate from there.

But it’s crystal clear we are very, very close to the end. His ranking — thanks to the ATP’s COVID system — will stay in the Top 20, but I just don’t know how many of these types of losses he can take. I guess we are going to find out.

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4 Comments for 5 Things I Think I Thought Watching Roger Federer Get Crushed At Wimbledon

Wog Boy Says:

I don’t think you are well informed Sean?
Swiss Olympic Committee already announced last Monday that, soon to be 40 years old, will be their only representative on men’s side in Tokyo, they wouldn’t do that without his approval.
I do think though, that executive decision was made by Uniqlo, you are not paid 100s of millions of dollars to sit at home and not to turn up on the most important event for your sponsor on their soil, though I suspect that he will find a way to pull out of the tournament in the middle of the tournament, but he will be in Tokyo at the start of the games.

Lastly, again the same question, last I checked, the rules of qualifying for Olympics are still the same, playing in two rounds of DC between two Olympics, have they bent the rules to accommodate former “goat”?

I am not going to comment on the rest of your post but lamenting how injuries are cutting short, soon to be 40 years old players career is pathetic, I wonder if Delpo reads TX?

Observer Says:

the end is near.

Madmax Says:

‘I am not going to comment on the rest of your post …’

Best thing you have said Wogboy in a long time.

Novak for the tournament and the best of luck to him.


We are happy. We are happy. Will never detract from the amazing brilliance which Federer has brought to us all over the years. All good things must come to an end, ‘Geoffrey Chaucer, who wrote in his poem, Troilus and Criseyde: “But at the laste, as every thing hath ende, She took hir leve, and nedes wolde wende.”

But Sean, GREAT things, they live on.

Allez Federer!

Observer. Too apocalyptic for me my friend, I much prefer, here is to the next phase!

SG1 Says:

he’s effectively 40 so the end isn’t far away, even if he is playing better than he is right now. but as i’ve said in another post, federer has a lot of pride and belief in himself and his game. he will play better and the last set of his career won’t end on a bagel. not sure if he has another slam in him or not but his ability to strike the ball hasn’t really diminished yet. if he can get his movement up a little more (assuming his knees are okay), he’ll play better than what we’ve seen so far this year.

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