Competing at Wimbledon for the 22nd time, an eight-time winner Roger Federer suffered a massive 6-3, 7-6, 6-0 loss to Hubert Hurkacz on Wednesday. Federer came to London with only four tournaments in his legs in the previous 17 months, hoping to play at his best and beating four rivals to become the oldest Wimbledon quarter-finalist in the Open era.
Hubert finished the job in an hour and 48 minutes, leaving Federer with no answer in the third set and becoming the second player with a bagel against Roger in this century after Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros 2008! Another Wimbledon legend Boris Becker would love to see Roger in action at the All England Club again in 2022, as he doesn't want to see the 20-time Major champion finishing his journey with a bagel on his tally.
Making too many errors and struggling with the positioning, Roger didn't look good on the court in the first and third sets, especially in the last when he couldn't follow the rival's pace. Hurkacz closed the encounter with 36 winners and only 12 unforced errors, securing five breaks from 15 opportunities and leaving his idol behind for a place in the semis.
Hubert grabbed a break in the sixth game with a volley winner at the net and held at 15 with a service winner at 5-3 to seal the opener in 28 minutes. Roger scored an early break in the second set and survived a couple of break chances in the next one to establish the lead.
Roger Federer experienced a massive loss at Wimbledon to Hubert Hurkacz.
Hubert pulled the break back in game seven and clinched the tie break 7-4 with a service winner to move two sets to love in front. Roger had a couple of terrible calls in the tie break, and that took all the momentum away from him.
The Swiss experienced the first bagel at Wimbledon in set number three, losing ground completely and propelling Hurkacz into the last four. "It's something we're never seen from him on Centre Court. He would never say if there was a niggle, but I don't know if we will ever see the great man again here.
It's normal for everybody to make mistakes, but he's a perfectionist. Some of these mistakes were big mistakes; he was completely off with his timing. That can happen in a game or two, but it was throughout the entire match in his case.
We can only wonder what happened, but we know that time does not stand still for any man or woman. I hope we can see Roger at Wimbledon again. I don't want to see him lose his last set at Wimbledon 6-0. But he wasn't good enough today.
For Hubert to keep his composure and not to get flustered or nervous is amazing. That win speaks volumes," Boris Becker said.