Well, it looks like he is human after all. Roger Federer suffered an injury scare in his loss to Alexander Zverev in the final of the Rogers Cup.
The 36-year old tennis star dropped the first set 6-3 to Zverev. But experts were quick to notice Federer suddenly started moving gingerly mid-way through the second set.
Zverev surprisingly finished off the match in just over one hour, as Federer clearly lacked his usual mobility through the game.
This will potentially be a huge blow to the Wimbledon champion, as he will be looking to maintain his brilliant grand slam form this year.
Any recovery will have to sped up, as Federer faces a race against time to be fit ahead of the US Open starting on August 28th.
This is what Annabel Croft had to say,
“There was a point which Zverev ended up winning where [Federer] was pulled from pillar to post and had to change directions quite a bit,” Croft said
“I don’t know whether he tweaked his back but after that when he was serving, suddenly the motion went right off.”
“There was no rhythm in it and he wasn’t able to rotate in the back and shoulders.”
“The speed of the serve came right off and it was very, very apparent. On the returns of serve he just wasn’t moving.”
“Even the walk around the court was a little bit reminiscent of how Andy Murray was walking at Wimbledon.”
Let’s hope that Federer makes a speedy recovery and is ready for the last grand slam of the year.