Becker doubts Federer Wimbledon return

13 July 2021 23:17:22 GMTPlus10

Boris Becker feels Wimbledon could have seen the last of former world number one Roger Federer following his quarter-final exit at this year's championships.

The Swiss legend was knocked out in the last-eight stage at SW19 by Hubert Hurkacz in straight sets and there are doubts as to whether the eight-time Wimbledon champion, who is available at 25/1 to land a ninth title in 2022, will be returning to the hallowed grass surface.

It has been a difficult time for the 39-year-old, who has endured knee injuries over the past few years, but it was hoped a return to his favourite Grand Slam would increase his chances of getting back in the winners' circle.

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Unfortunately, it was not to be for Federer and he is yet to disclose his intentions for the future, having revealed in his post-match press conference after the quarter-final defeat that he would take a couple of days to assess things.

However, Becker, a three-time Wimbledon champion, has cast doubt over Federer's return and the German feels the Swiss may have played in the tournament for the last time.

"I have a feeling he won't be returning to Wimbledon next summer, especially after what happened in the quarter-finals," he said, as quoted by tennisworldusa.org. "I think it was a huge shock to him. I think Roger arrived at Wimbledon thinking everything was going according to plan.

"He had recovered from his knee problems, he had used the clay to get back in shape and recover confidence to reach the bottom of the Championships. I don't think he showed up in London with the thought of retirement in his head, but now he might consider it."

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