In his first Major quarter-final, Hubert Hurkacz had a chance to meet the 20-time Major winner Roger Federer at sacred Wimbledon Centre Court. The young Pole stayed calm against his idol and beat him in straight sets to advance into the semis, where he would lose to an inspired Matteo Berrettini in four sets.
Speaking about his experience against Roger Federer, Hubert called it an incredible one that gave him a lot of self-confidence. Hurkacz beat Federer 6-3, 7-6, 6-0 in an hour and 48 minutes to sail into the last four. Despite having more winners than unforced errors, Federer was far from the young rival's pace, struggling on both serve and return and making too many errors that cost him dearly.
The Swiss lost the ground in the third set to experience the first bagel since the 2008 Roland Garros final against Rafael Nadal, having nothing more left in the tank after squandering his chances in the second. Federer grabbed only one break and struggled to keep the pressure on the Pole in his games, getting broken five breaks from 15 opportunities offered to his opponent to hit the exit door.
Hubert secured an early advantage with a break at 3-2 in the opener and closed it with a service winner in game nine in swift 28 minutes.
Hubert Hurkacz shared his experience of playing Roger Federer at Wimbledon.
Eager to improve his game, Federer grabbed an early break in set number two to build the advantage before Hurkacz broke back at 2-4 with a deep return to regain confidence.
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 and in a career, Federer took only 15 points in the third set to experience a bagel and make the toughest Wimbledon exit.
"I made a great success in London, reaching my first Major quarter-final. Still, I wanted more, as I was close to the final and could have played better against Matteo Berrettini. On the other hand, Matteo played an excellent match; he was in great shape for a couple of weeks.
There are matches when everything works out and comes easily; he certainly had that against me. Playing against Roger Federer at the Wimbledon Centre Court, where he won so many matches in the past and with the crowd supporting him, is an incredible experience. That success gave me more self-confidence and increased my willingness to win," Hubert Hurkacz said.