It was a terrible end to the match and as we know now, a storied Wimbledon career that saw Federer win the event multiple times. Recently, back in London, Federer talked about that match and as you can imagine it was a very terrible feeling for the Swiss ace:
"The last set against Hurkacz was one of the worst hours of my career. I realized that nothing works anymore. It's over. The disappointment felt like fireworks in my head. I didn't know how to proceed with this knee. At the press conference, nobody asked how the knee was doing. I thought: Hey, am I such a good actor that nobody noticed?"
Despite the disappointment, it was still something Federer enjoyed as reaching the quarter-finals was much better than he expected it:
"It was tough, the whole comeback was extremely difficult. I was so far from 100 percent. Reaching the quarter-finals at Wimbledon was unbelievable for me. "
He's also really happy to be back in London, a city he loves:
"I love the city. And to have someone like Björn Borg on the bench and to be surrounded by a lot of other players makes me very happy. Usually a career ends in defeat, you play alone, there's something sad about it. It would have been okay if I hadn't been able to play here at all, but now I can say goodbye to the fans on the pitch, as a player."