He almost pulled off another miracle, didn’t he?
After coming back from the dead against Marin Cilic in the quarters, Roger Federer was leading 2-1 against Milos Raonic only to lose his bearings—figuratively and literally—failing in the last two sets in yet another gruelling five-setter.
The Swiss missed the French Open this year—his first Grand Slam since 1999, ending an unbelievable streak of appearances.
With Novak Djokovic knocked out early, die-hard Fed fans believed this was his best chance to clinch his 18th Slam. But it was always going to prove an uphill battle for a 34-year-old. Realists would not begrudge another championship for the great but their expectations are always tempered and tinged with a healthy dose of skepticism.
In the end, it proved to be too much even for the tennis machine. The cracks and the strain were visible towards the end of the fourth set with Roger dropping his serve in the final game to lose the set without taking it into another nail-biting tie-breaker.
But he had done enough to revive Wimbledon out of its stupor.
Britain’s favourite son, Andy Murray, might clinch yet another title on the hallowed grass of the All-England Championship.
But for many, this Wimbledon is simply to be Federer’s thing of beauty—forever.