Roger Federer: 'It wasn't easy to end the match that way, I knew there was no..'



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Roger Federer: 'It wasn't easy to end the match that way, I knew there was no..'

Last Wednesday, an eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer suffered a heavy loss to Hubert Hurkacz in the quarters at the All England Club. Playing only his fifth tournament since February last year, Roger earned four wins to become the oldest Wimbledon quarter-finalist in the Open era, hoping for more of the same against the Pole.

Hurkacz had other plans, though, and ousted the legend and his idol 6-3, 7-6, 6-0 in an hour and 48 minutes to sail into the last four. Federer experienced the first bagel since the 2008 Roland Garros final against Rafael Nadal, admitting it wasn't easy to end the clash that way and knowing it was all over in the third.

Despite having more winners than unforced errors, Federer was far from the young rival's pace, struggling on both serve and return and making too many basic errors. Federer grabbed only one break and struggled to keep the pressure on the Pole in his games after getting broken five times from 15 chances offered to his opponent.

Hubert secured the advantage with a break at 3-2 in the opener and closed it with a service winner in game nine after 28 minutes, which was very important.

Roger Federer spoke about his heavy loss to Hubert Hurkacz at Wimbledon.

Eager to improve his game, Federer earned an early break in set number two before Hurkacz broke back at 2-4 with a deep return to regain confidence.

Roger didn't play well in the tie break, struggling with his footwork and losing it 7-4 when Hubert fired two winners in the last two points. In one of his worst sets at Wimbledon, Federer grabbed only 15 points in the third set to experience a bagel and hit the exit door in the worst possible way, having nothing left in the tank against such a strong rival.

"It was tough to end the match that way. I knew there was no coming back in the last couple of games. I'm not used to that kind of situation that much, especially not here at Wimbledon. As you said, the crowd was amazing; that's why I still play.

It was nice to see a packed stadium, but unfortunately, they witnessed my straight-sets defeat. I'm super grateful for all the support I've gotten here over the years. You can see they are happy for being out, watching tennis and supporting players," Roger Federer said.