Fed needs to retire.

bluetrain4

G.O.A.T.
I'd agree, but it's obviously up to him. He doesn't strike me as a "I enjoy playing enough that 'decent' results will suffice" type. Or "I know I'm past my prime and probably can't win, but I just want to see what I can do." But, I don't know what's in this head. Maybe he is just willing to play and see what happens. Or maybe he still believes he has an outside chance. Or maybe he'll retire in the next few hours.
 

Jonas78

Legend
Naah its just a sign of the strongest era ever when the #18 rank bagels the grass goat at the top of his peak. Tennis keeps evolving so fast that even Darwin would be baffled.
 

chjtennis

G.O.A.T.
No way he needs to retire. He was way, way below his potential optimal level and Hurkacz is not a nobody, a Masters 1000 winner inside top 20, who has a dangerous game.
 

Jonas78

Legend
Bagelled by a Wimbledon semi finalist and recent Masters series winner
You need to follow more tennis and sleep less apparently
Well he reached the SF because he bageled Federer playing at challenger-level...

Dont try to make him better than he is. Ok he won Miami, but lost in the 1st or 2nd round the following six tournaments.
 

Wooly

Rookie
Why should he. For sure he is not winning big Tournaments anymore, but as long as he has Fun to play im happy to watch his Matches, there were some pretty good ones this Wimbledon. He was one of the best Players ever, and only he decides when to stop. And i hope we will see him some more time, and hopefully this forum gets better if all the "Fans" who are only Fans if there Boy is winning everything have left the building ....
 

bigjimbofan

Rookie
Since Venus Williams is a little older, should she retire too? I don't see a thread calling for that and Federer is way more relevant at this stage. Why the double standard ? Fed can do what he wants. What's wrong with that ? I for one would love to see 1 more year with a somewhat limited schedule. We don't realize how good we have it with the big 3. When those guys are gone, it will take awhile if ever for the game to stay interesting from what I have seen from the younger players. This has been a golden era with Federer, Nadal and Djokovic. 59 majors combined from 3 players in the same era is simply mind blowing.
 

Mustard

Talk Tennis Guru
Is this the first time that Federer has been bagelled since the 2008 French Open final, and only the second time in the 21st century?
 

Europa1

Rookie
He should not, as he obviously continues to strike fear in the hearts and minds of (primarily) Djoko fans, who are salty even when Fed loses.
 

Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
Since Venus Williams is a little older, should she retire too? I don't see a thread calling for that and Federer is way more relevant at this stage. Why the double standard ? Fed can do what he wants. What's wrong with that ? I for one would love to see 1 more year with a somewhat limited schedule. We don't realize how good we have it with the big 3. When those guys are gone, it will take awhile if ever for the game to stay interesting from what I have seen from the younger players. This has been a golden era with Federer, Nadal and Djokovic. 59 majors combined from 3 players in the same era is simply mind blowing.
Finally, a Senior Tour worth watching
 

BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
Why do people want him to retire? Last time I checked, tennis is an individual sport, he's not harming any team's performance. If anyone in the history of tennis has earned the right to play on even if he loses first round, it's Roger Federer. End of story.
 

Artanis

Rookie
Why do people want him to retire? Last time I checked, tennis is an individual sport, he's not harming any team's performance. If anyone in the history of tennis has earned the right to play on even if he loses first round, it's Roger Federer. End of story.
Some will say he's harming his own image...
 

EllieK

Hall of Fame
Roger’s post match press conference sounded like he was going to be mulling over future decisions in the next few weeks. He actually went home to Switzerland after Halle to discuss with his team after his early exit there to avoid making “silly decisions” before Wimbledon.
 

EllieK

Hall of Fame
He's too vain and seemingly obsessed with not ending his career passed in majors count by Djokovic and Nadal to retire.
It’s got nothing to do with that. You think he doesn’t know that his last shot at a major came and went on the grass in 2019? He knows better than anyone what he is capable of. His press conference he indicated that he will discuss with his team on things going forward. He was asked if this was his last Wimbledon and he said “I don’t know”
 

THUNDERVOLLEY

G.O.A.T.
It’s got nothing to do with that. You think he doesn’t know that his last shot at a major came and went on the grass in 2019? He knows better than anyone what he is capable of. His press conference he indicated that he will discuss with his team on things going forward. He was asked if this was his last Wimbledon and he said “I don’t know”
If it was his "Last Wimbledon", it still does not mean that's the last major he will try to enter.
 

EllieK

Hall of Fame
If it was his "Last Wimbledon", it still does not mean that's the last major he will try to enter.
True but I don’t think he honestly believes that he is a contender for titles at slams anymore. He can go into the second week but realistically winning 7 5 set matches in two weeks following 3 knee surgeries is very unlikely when he turns 40 in just about a month.
 

HelenCH

Rookie
He doesn't need to. It all depends on a perspective. He has a big following and is good to watch. But if he cannot settle for less than winning big titles, than yes, probably retirement is the way to go. But somehow, I feel that this ship has sailed, retirement on a high is not possible now, and retiring after a bagel at Wimbledon will look like running away, so he may continue for some time at least. Will be interesting to see how he performs in Basel this year.
 

Halba

Hall of Fame
He doesn't need to. It all depends on a perspective. He has a big following and is good to watch. But if he cannot settle for less than winning big titles, than yes, probably retirement is the way to go. But somehow, I feel that this ship has sailed, retirement on a high is not possible now, and retiring after a bagel at Wimbledon will look like running away, so he may continue for some time at least. Will be interesting to see how he performs in Basel this year.
So he’ll keep playing on like Andy m and just get mediocre results.
 

HelenCH

Rookie
So he’ll keep playing on like Andy m and just get mediocre results.
Not necessarily, his form will improve if he stays fit and plays matches, although probably not improve enough to win a Slam, but he has 20 of those already, and getting to QF is not a bad result at all. Being in top 8 out of 128 entrants is not really "mediocre", given that he is nearly 40 and barely played since early 2020. Nobody is meant to stay in top winning form forever anyway. Whether he can settle for it is another matter, but it's his business.
 

EllieK

Hall of Fame
He doesn't need to. It all depends on a perspective. He has a big following and is good to watch. But if he cannot settle for less than winning big titles, than yes, probably retirement is the way to go. But somehow, I feel that this ship has sailed, retirement on a high is not possible now, and retiring after a bagel at Wimbledon will look like running away, so he may continue for some time at least. Will be interesting to see how he performs in Basel this year.
Basel has already been canceled
 

merwy

G.O.A.T.
Bagelled by a Wimbledon semi finalist and recent Masters series winner
You need to follow more tennis and sleep less apparently
That doesn’t really count.. he wasn’t a semi finalist when Fed was playing him. Whenever bringing up a players list of achievement you usually don’t count the current tournament anyway. Can’t we for once say that Fed played badly? It’s expected that he plays badly now and then, with his age. But still you’ve got to be able to admit it. He’s not that unlucky that his opponent turns into GOAT level everytime they face him.
 

Znak

Professional
Dude made the QF at 40, 2 knee surgeries and little match play?! So basically if you don't win a GS you should retire... What kind of sh*t posting is this. Enjoy these people while they're here instead of calling for their heads every time they lose.
 

HelenCH

Rookie
Basel has already been canceled
I keep forgetting. Well, then whichever event comes last for him this year. I doubt he can hit the form enough to win the GS, but winning a tournament here and there should still be possible for him
 
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