Hubert Hurkacz's Wimbledon Heroics: Defeating Roger Federer on Centre Court

Hubert Hurkacz defeated Roger Federer in the 2021 Wimbledon quarter-final

by Jovica Ilic
Hubert Hurkacz's Wimbledon Heroics: Defeating Roger Federer on Centre Court

Twenty years after reaching his first Wimbledon quarter-final at 19, Roger Federer repeated that in 2021. As it turned out, the Swiss maestro played the last singles tournament of his incredible career, stopping the clock despite knee issues and beating four rivals.

Roger met Hubert Hurkacz in the final eight and suffered a heavy 6-3, 7-6, 6-0 loss in an hour and 48 minutes. It was the first Major quarter-final for the Pole, and he stayed focused to beat his idol on Centre Court and remain on the title course.

Speaking about his experience against Roger, Hubert called it an incredible one that gave him a lot of self-confidence and made him hungry for more notable wins in the future. Federer had more winners than unforced errors, playing well in the second set before the tie break and losing steam after that to experience a bagel, his first since the 2008 Roland Garros final!

Federer grabbed only one break and struggled to keep the pressure on the Pole in his games. The veteran got broken five times from 15 opportunities offered to his opponent and hit the exit door. Hubert secured an early advantage in the opener with a break at 3-2 and closed it with a service winner in game nine in swift 28 minutes.

Hubert Hurkacz defeated Roger Federer in the Swiss' last match.

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 should have played better in the tie break, struggling with his footwork and losing it 7-4 when Hubert fired two winners at 5-4. In one of his worst sets at Wimbledon and a career, Federer took only 15 points in the third set to experience a bagel and make the toughest Wimbledon exit.

Hubert is playing well at Wimbledon this year, reaching the fourth round and setting the clash against another seven-time champion, Novak Djokovic. "I had great success in London, reaching my first Major quarter-final. Still, I wanted more.

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, was an incredible experience. That success gave me more self-confidence and increased my willingness to win," Hubert Hurkacz said.

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