“I’ve been dealing with it for a very long time during my career. Obviously as you get older, things are a little bit tougher to manage than they are when you’re younger. There’s a bit more wear and tear there.”
The grand slams have seen the age of players increasing in recent years, with last year the second oldest cohort of male players, when the average was 30 years and 46 days.
Discussing the age of this year’s competitors, Federer said: “It’s nice to see them still hanging on… making it difficult for the youngsters to break through.
“There is a bit of that clash right now, the young ones trying to push out especially the 35-plus guys”.
Despite his defeat Murray still managed to correct a US reporter who asked him about Sam Querry being “the first American player to reach the semi-final of a Slam since 2009”.
Mindful of Serena Williams – who has won Wimbledon five times since that year – Murray quickly interjected: “Male player.”
His mother Judy later tweeted: