Wimbledon 2021: Hubert Hurkacz stuns Roger Federer to reach semis, Novak Djokovic marches on
The 2021 Wimbledon Championships got done with its men’s quarterfinals. It produced a shock as Hubert Hurkacz managed to tame record champion Roger Federer. Elsewhere, defending champion comfortably marched into the semis.
The ongoing Wimbledon Championships produced a shocking moment on Wednesday when record eight-time champion Roger Federer of Switzerland was knocked out in the quarters by 14th seed Hubert Hurkacz of Poland. The Polish beat the Swiss in straight sets 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-0.
Federer was under pressure right from the start, as Hurkacz challenged his serve quite well. All it took was a break in the opening set to get ahead. Although the Swiss broke the Polish in the second, the latter broke back and outplayed him in the tie-breaker.
As for the final set, Federer had no answers for Hurkacz’s captivating gameplay and shots, as the latter dismantled the legend 6-0 in it to hand him a straight-set defeat while he qualified for his first Grand Slam semis. The Polish was good with his groundstrokes, backhand and drop shots, but most importantly, he managed the windy conditions quite well, as he also made the Swiss toil by moving him a lot around the court.
“Obviously, I was a little bit nervous. I mean, playing against Roger in a Grand Slam quarterfinal, it’s a very big thing for me. But, I was trying to stay as calm as I could. I was trying always to believe myself during the match and just trust my game and stay as aggressive as I could,” he said following the win.
“Walking off the court realizing that I won against Roger, I mean, [it] just kind of dream come true, especially here on grass in Wimbledon. It felt so special with the crowd around as well,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, Federer was satisfied with his performance at the Slam this year. “I’m actually very happy I made it as far as I did here, and I actually was able to play Wimbledon at the level that I did, after everything I went through. Of course, I would like to play it again, but at my age, you’re just never sure what’s around the corner,” he said during the post-game press conference, reports ATP.
“You know you need a goal when you’re going through rehab with what I did. You can’t think of the entire mountain to climb as once. You got to go in steps. Wimbledon was the initial first super step if you like. Now that that’s over, you just got to reassess everything. You got to sit down, talk about it, what went well, what didn’t go so well, where is the body, where is the knee, where is the mind? The goal is to play, of course,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, defending champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia sealed his place in the semis with a straight-set (6-3, 6-4, 6-4) win over Marton Fucsovics of Hungary. It also happened to be his 100th grass-court match win.
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