Ten days ago, an eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer suffered a heavy loss to Hubert Hurkacz in the quarters at the All England Club. Competing at Wimbledon for the record-breaking 22nd time, Roger did a good job to win four matches (his best streak since the 2020 Australian Open) and become the oldest Wimbledon quarter-finalist.
After his campaign, Roger said that he gave his best, feeling pleased with his run and performance in the second set. Hurkacz ousted the legend and his idol 6-3, 7-6, 6-0 in an hour and 48 minutes to sail into the last four.
Federer experienced the first bagel since the 2008 Roland Garros final against Rafael Nadal, admitting it wasn't easy to end the clash that way and knowing it was all over after a couple of games in the third. Despite having more winners than unforced errors, Federer was far from the first-time Major quarter-finalist's pace, struggling on both serve and return and making too many basic errors.
Federer earned one break in the second set and struggled to keep the pressure on the Pole after getting broken five times from 15 chances offered to his opponent. Hubert forged the advantage with a break at 3-2 in the opener and closed it with a service winner in game nine after 28 minutes, which was very important for his confidence.
Roger Federer described his Wimbledon loss to Hubert Hurkacz.
Eager to improve his game, Federer earned an early break in set number two before Hurkacz broke back at 2-4 with a deep return to regain composure and restore momentum.
Roger didn't play well in the tie break, struggling with his footwork and losing it 7-4 when Hubert fired two winners in the last two points. In one of his worst sets at Wimbledon in a career, Federer took only 15 points in the third set to experience a bagel and hit the exit door in the worst possible way, having nothing left in the tank against such a strong rival.
"I feel like I made the most of it. The team and I were actually pleased I made it as far as the quarter-final. Even though I'm disappointed I lost to Hubert, I feel like there was a chance. Again, that's how it goes. I'll be fine; I have perspective about it, so it's all good," Roger Federer said.