Roger Federer has revealed how he wept when the searing realisation hit him that he was never going to win Wimbledon again. The moment came not this summer, but as far back as the lead-in to the Championships in 2021.
The 41-year-old Swiss, who is making an emotional farewell to top-line tennis at the Laver Cup, had a painful collision with the reality in Germany, where he played a preparatory tournament on grass.
The tears started to flow when he was beaten in the second round by Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime in Halle. Roger Federer has revealed he knew his Wimbledon ambitions were over before the 2021 tournament ‘What I do remember is when I lost to Felix I cried after the match and I knew I would not win Wimbledon,’ he said. ‘So I was realistic about my chances there.
Once you are in the moment, you try to convince yourself at all costs, but I knew it was going to be really, really difficult.’ This was the precursor to his awkward exit from the All England Club, which saw him lose his last-ever set there 6-0 to Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz on Centre Court.Read more on dailymail.co.uk