Roger Federer is considered and will be remembered as one of the greatest athletes in the history not only of tennis but of sport. Twenty Grand Slams, 103 titles won and an incredible series of records that see the almost 40-year-old Swiss tennis player still protagonist.
After two years in which a double knee injury and the pandemic forced Roger to play very few matches, the tennis player after some difficult preparation tournaments, is back in a big way in his tournament par excellence, the Wimbledon tournament which saw him triumph 8 times in his career.
Two years ago at Wimbledon Federer lost the final after two wasted match points and that was perhaps the biggest disappointment in his life. Federer did not give up, however, and returned to this tournament, surprisingly reaching the quarter-finals where he awaits one between the Russian Daniil Medvedev, seeded number two in the world, and the Polish Hubert Hurkacz, engaged today with the Russian ahead of 2 sets to 1 and with the match stopped in the middle of the fourth set with no break made in the partial.
Thanks to the victory over Lorenzo Sonego, beaten in three sets in just over 2 hours of play, Roger Federer has reached the quarter-finals of Wimbledon for the 18th time in his career and now has the opportunity to play his chances for the yet another incredible record.
In addition to this Federer has reached yet another curious record, with this success Roger won his 105th victory at Wimbledon, equaling the record for the number of single wins in a single Grand Slam tournament, a record held by the king of clay, Rafael Nadal, a tennis player who has won 105 matches in Paris alone.
Given his age, it seems likely that Rafa will break this record again but at the same time this result shows the great results and extraordinary career of Federer, the oldest player in Wimbledon history to reach the quarter-finals of this Grand Slam in the Open era.
Hurkacz will face Roger Federer
14th seed Hubert Hurkacz upset World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev in five sets on Tuesday to reach his maiden Grand Slam quarterfinal at Wimbledon. Hurkacz will next face Roger Federer in the quarterfinals.
When asked how he feels about being drawn to face his childhood idol, Hurkacz said he expects a "fun battle." Federer will undoubtedly be the crowd favorite on Wednesday, but Hurkacz hopes to get "a little bit of support" from the fans on Center Court.
"Roger, what he does, how he plays, the titles he won throughout his whole career and he's loved by so many people," he said. "You guys enjoy watching me as well, it's gonna be a fun battle. I hope to get a little bit of support."
During the interaction, Hurkacz was also asked to give his thoughts on the match's stoppage at such a crucial juncture. "Stopping yesterday at the end of fourth set was the first time for me. So, coming out today, we had talks with my coach, worked with my physio a little bit.
And prepare for today, to try to do the things better that weren't working yesterday. I think I did good today," Hurkacz said.