Federer may be finished after Wimbledon exit

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By AP -- Roger Federer has been feted by plentifulness of ovations astatine Wimbledon's Centre Court. None rather similar this one, though. This was not a solemnisation and didn't travel astatine the extremity of the match.

Instead, it delayed the opening of what turned retired to beryllium the past crippled of his quarter-final nonaccomplishment and felt much similar a "thank you" oregon — conscionable successful lawsuit — a "goodbye". And Federer acknowledged afterward helium isn't definite whether he'll beryllium back.

The eight-time champion astatine the All England Club bowed retired 6-3 7-6 (4) 6-0 against 14th-seeded Hubert Hurkacz of Poland connected Wednesday, a amazingly lopsided decorativeness to Federer's 22nd quality successful the tournament.

Asked whether it besides mightiness person been his past quality here, helium replied: "I don't know. I truly don't know. I've got to regroup."

As for whether status is an contiguous possibility, helium offered this: "No, I anticipation not. ... The extremity is to play, of course."

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Roger Federer's post-match presser

Switzerland's Roger Federer bowed retired of Wimbledon connected Wednesday. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) (AP)

That apt was connected thousands of minds successful the stadium erstwhile Federer stepped to the baseline to service portion trailing 5-0 successful the 3rd set: He waited portion fans successful the full-to-capacity stands applauded and cheered, immoderate rising to their feet.

Soon enough, it was over, lone the 3rd shutout acceptable ceded by Federer successful 429 vocation Grand Slam matches; some of the others came astatine the French Open.

"The past fewer games, obviously, you tin consciousness that you're not coming backmost from it," said Federer, who spoke steadily and did not betray immoderate emotion successful his quality conference. "I'm not utilized to that benignant of situation, obviously, precise much. Especially not here."

Hurkacz, a 24-year-old from Poland who has called Federer his idol, was asked whether helium could person imagined this result.

"Probably not," helium responded.

Hurkacz speaks after career-defining win

Hubert Hurkacz of Poland celebrates knocking Roger Federer retired of Wimbeldon 2021. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images) (Getty)
Hubert Hurkacz (POL) playing against Roger Federer (SUI) successful the quarter-final of the Gentlemen's Singles connected Centre Court astatine The Championships 2021. Held astatine The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon. Day 9 Wednesday 07/07/2021. Credit: AELTC/Edward Whitaker (Getty)

And yet, this was not the Federer the satellite is utilized to watching. He underwent 2 operations connected his close genu successful 2020. He arrived astatine Wimbledon having played 8 matches this season.

Factor successful that Federer turns 40 connected August 8 and possibly it was excessively overmuch to inquire that helium marque his mode to the closing weekend, adjacent if this is simply a tourney he's won much than immoderate different man, and adjacent if it's contested connected a surface, grass, connected which he's best.

He simply ne'er was capable to summon the serving and shot-making that carried him to 20 Grand Slam titles, tied with Rafael Nadal for the men's record.

"I'm really precise blessed I made it arsenic acold arsenic I did present and I really was capable to play Wimbledon astatine the level that I did aft everything I went through," said Federer, who reiterated that helium has not decided whether to spell to the Tokyo Olympics. "Of people I would similar to play (Wimbledon) again, but astatine my age, you're conscionable ne'er definite what's astir the corner."

Hurkacz's hostile Friday volition beryllium No.7 Matteo Berrettini of Italy, who eliminated No.16 Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada 6-3 5-7 7-5 6-3 to scope his 2nd large semi-final.

Hurkacz ne'er had made it beyond the 3rd circular astatine immoderate Slam.

Djokovic into semis in straight sets

Novak Djokovic celebrates his triumph implicit Marton Fucsovics successful the quarter-finals of Wimbledon. (Getty)

In Friday's semi-final connected the different fractional of the draw, No.1 effect Novak Djokovic faces No.10 Denis Shapovalov.

After racing to a 5-0 pb astatine the outset Wednesday, Djokovic dropped 3 consecutive games to 48th-ranked Marton Fucsovics. Wasted 5 acceptable points successful the process, too. Soon enough, Djokovic righted himself, arsenic helium usually does, and bushed Fucsovics 6-3 6-4 6-4 to scope his 10th semifinal astatine the All England Club and 41st astatine a Slam.

That allowed the 34-year-old from Serbia to proceed his pursuit of a sixth title astatine Wimbledon — and 3rd successful a enactment — on with a 20th large trophy.

There's this, too: Djokovic is 19-0 astatine majors this play arsenic helium pursues the archetypal calendar-year Grand Slam by a antheral since Rod Laver successful 1969. Djokovic won the Australian Open successful February and the French Open successful June.

"I'm not chasing anybody," Djokovic said. "I'm making my ain way and my ain journey, my ain history."

Shapovalov seals maiden semi-final berth

Denis Shapovalov celebrates aft winning lucifer constituent against Karen Khachanov astatine Wimbledon. (Getty)

Shapovalov edged No.25 Karen Khachanov of Russia 6-4 3-6 5-7 6-1 6-4, past looked up to facing Djokovic.

"I bash judge that I person the crippled to bushed him," said Shapovalov, a 22-year-old left-hander from Canada.

"Obviously, he's the champion subordinate successful the satellite but I deliberation thing is possible. And erstwhile you look astatine the scoreboard archetypal happening connected Friday ... it's going to beryllium 0-0. So that's it. Nothing other matters."

Hurkacz's hostile Friday volition beryllium No.7 Matteo Berrettini of Italy, who bushed No.16 Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada 6-3 5-7 7-5 6-3.

Berrettini wins in four sets

Matteo Berrettini plays a backhand against Felix Auger-Aliassime successful the Wimbledon quarter-finals. (Getty)
Australia's Ajla Tomljanovic supports her fellow Matteo Berrettini successful the Wimbledon quarters. (Getty)

Hurkacz appeared rather comfy connected this unfamiliar stage. He played sublimely, with 3 times arsenic galore winners, 36, arsenic unforced errors, 12.

"Obviously, I was a small spot nervous. I mean, playing against Roger successful a Grand Slam quarter-final, it's a precise large happening for me," Hurkacz said. "But I was trying to enactment arsenic calm arsenic I could."

Federer yet seemed to marque immoderate headway successful the 2nd set, up 3-0.

"Got to find a mode to triumph it, somehow," Federer mused afterward.

But Hurkacz conceded nothing.

Poland's Hubert Hurkacz celebrates aft defeating Switzerland's Roger Federer during the men's singles quarterfinals lucifer connected time 9 of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships successful London, Wednesday, July 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) (AP)

Undaunted by the setting, the stakes, the foe oregon the almost-uniformly-for-Federer fans, Hurkacz claimed 4 of the adjacent fives crippled to propulsion adjacent astatine 4-all, breaking on the mode with a stinging forehand instrumentality of a 101 mph service that drew a netted a backhand.

In the tiebreaker — preceded by large chants of "Let's go, Roger! Let's go!" and rhythmic clapping — it was much of the same: Hurkacz hitting his spots and Federer stumbling.

"Brutal," Federer said.

On 1 foray to the net, helium mislaid his footing and missed what could person been a elemental volley.

The 3rd acceptable went by successful a blink. When Federer missed a forehand wide to adjacent things, helium packed his bags and hustled disconnected toward the locker country with a question and a thumbs-up.

"Now that that's over, you've conscionable got to reassess everything. You've got to beryllium down, speech astir it: What went well? What didn't spell truthful well? Where is the body? Where is the knee? Where is the mind?" said Federer, who volition conscionable with his 2 coaches and different members of his team. "As you tin see, it was a conflict for me."

Roger Federer waves to the assemblage arsenic helium leaves centre tribunal aft losing to Hubert Hurkacz. (Getty)


Novak Djokovic (1), Serbia, def. Marton Fucsovics, Hungary, 6-3 6-4 6-4.

Denis Shapovalov (10), Canada, def. Karen Khachanov (25), Russia, 6-4 3-6 5-7 6-1 6-4.

Hubert Hurkacz (14), Poland, def. Roger Federer (6), Switzerland, 6-3 7-6 (4) 6-0.

Matteo Berrettini (7), Italy, def. Felix Auger-Aliassime (16), Canada, 6-3 5-7 7-5 6-3.

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