Roger Federer praises Hubert Hurkacz: 'He was a much better player in the end'



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Roger Federer praises Hubert Hurkacz: 'He was a much better player in the end'

An eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer suffered a heavy loss against Hubert Hurkacz in the quarter-final a week ago. Playing at 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 in the battle for the semis.

Hurkacz had other plans, though, beating the legend and his idol 6-3, 7-6, 6-0 in an hour and 48 minutes to sail into the last four. 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 errors that cost him dearly.

The Swiss lost the ground in the third set to experience the first bagel since the 2008 Roland Garros final against Rafael Nadal, having nothing more left in the tank after squandering his chances in the second!

Roger Federer spoke about his Wimbledon loss to Hubert Hurkacz.

Federer grabbed only one break and struggled to keep the pressure on the Pole in his games, getting broken five breaks from 15 opportunities offered to his opponent.

Hubert secured an early advantage with a break at 3-2 in the opener and closed it with a service winner in game nine after 28 minutes. Eager to improve his game, Federer grabbed 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 and in a career, Federer took only 15 points in the third set to experience a bagel and hit the exit door in the worst possible way.

"I thought I had a decent chance going into the match against Hubert. I felt like if I can protect my serve, I would get opportunities off his second serve and set rallies as I would like. But I struggled early on in that first set.

I felt like my rhythm was a bit off behind the initial shot. I put myself in too many difficult situations and didn't take my own chances. I feel like I needed to do better in the opener. Also, I have to give Hubert credit for getting that one done.

I had to find a way to win the second set, especially from 4-1 up. I was 4-2 down in the tie break and served against the wind, knowing that wouldn't end well. Things got complicated when he forged two sets to love advantage. He was the better player by far in the end, and he deserved the victory," Roger Federer said.