Hurkacz: "Roger Federer was my idol as a child"

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Hurkacz: "Roger Federer was my idol as a child"

The victory at the Master 1000 in Miami, the semifinals reached at the prestigious Wimbledon tournament and in Paris-Bercy: these are the three most important results established by Hubert Hurkacz in the splendid 2021 season, which allowed him to enter the top eight players in the Race classification and to participate in the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin.

The Pole was one of the protagonists of the year, in which he was able to demonstrate his qualities, making space on the ATP circuit and taking away some great satisfactions. The 24-year-old boy also stood out for the wonderful friendship he built with the Italian talent Jannik Sinner, who managed to beat right in the final in Miami, snatching him the chance to qualify directly for the competition at PalaAlpitour.

However, the two met in Piedmont in November, as they hoped (due to the retirement of Matteo Berrettini who brought in the South Tyrolean himself), and the Italian took revenge with a clear success.

Hurkacz praised Roger Federer

The Wroclaw native revealed how Roger Federer was his idol as a child in an interview with Eurosport.

In fact he said: "Every time he played I wanted to see him on television. It was then that I began to shape my dream, which is to compete one day in the biggest tournaments in the world. When I triumphed against him at Wimbledon this year, I felt nothing but immense joy.

It was an extremely intense match, accompanied by a fantastic atmosphere. It was a surreal feeling to face a player like the Swiss maestro on the Central and come out the winner. Then he concluded: “At the end of the match he had wished me good luck for the rest of the competition and said that I had played a good match.

It meant a lot to me. It is certainly one of the most memorable moments of the season, I proved to myself that I could achieve important results." As we well know, Roger Federer's come back should be scheduled for the 2022 Summer, with te Swiss Maestro's partecipation at Wimbledon still in doubt.