Hubert Hurkacz lost to Roger Federer in a straight-set Indian Wells quarter-finals earlier this year. The Polish player, who also trained with the Swiss in Shanghai last year, would love to upset the Basel native. "I always dreamed of beating him and I have not had this opportunity yet.
From Roger, you can learn a lot not only when it's about the game or approach to tennis, but also life. It impresses me a lot." On his improvements, Hurkacz said: "Last year I tried to play ATP tournaments. I was training well but then in matches, many things have not worked.
I gained experience in facing some of the best guys in the world. I needed time to adapt and even if there are still many stages. I am improving. In the beginning, I was passionate about it, competing on the biggest stages, because it's even funnier.
Federer goes to Grand Slams with the desire of still winning despite he has won 20." On the Serb Novak Djokovic praising him after their Wimbledon third-round match, Hurkacz, who won a set against the world No. 1, concluded: "It's nice that he said something good.
But I know what I did wrong, we already analyzed everything. I know what I can improve and I focus on it, not on opponents' praise. Every element of the game can be improved: serve, forehand, backhand, return..." Hurkacz also faced Djokovic in the French Open third round losing in straight sets, 6-4 6-2 6-2.