Coach recalls Hubert Hurkacz ousting Roger Federer at Wimbledon
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Coach Craig Boynton was more than happy with how Hubert Hurkacz handled the pressure and everything when he faced Roger Federer at Wimbledon. Hurkacz claimed a straight-set win over 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer in this year's Wimbledon quarterfinal.
"We didn't have a lot of time to prepare for the match against Roger Federer at Wimbledon. I tried to make Hubert Hurkacz understand what type of atmposhpere he was going to face, that the whole world would be behind Roger.
Hubert handled the tension very well, proving he has a great character. When the match ended he told me he had never heard such a loud stadium. I had warned him in every way I could over the past few hours, but he wasn't convinced until I experienced it firsthand," Boynton said, per We Love Tennis.
Hurkacz was delighted after beating Federer
"When I played and won against him at Wimbledon this year, I felt nothing but sheer joy. It was an extremely intense match for me, accompanied by an amazing atmosphere,” Hurkacz said, per Tennishead.
“Facing a player such as Roger on Centre Court and coming out on top was an unreal feeling – even now I can’t really describe that experience. “There isn’t heaps of time between players at the end of matches, but he told me that I played a good game and wished me good luck for the rest of the tournament, which meant a lot." Hurkacz said beating Federer was one of his 2021 highlights.
"That quarter-final victory is definitely one of my most memorable moments of the season. It was more than just a win because it represented that I’d taken another step to break down my barriers and show that I can achieve big things," Hurkacz added.
“Wimbledon, combined with what I achieved in Delray Beach, Miami and Metz, were all equally big achievements for me as they each gave me the confidence to know that I can keep pushing myself further."