Roger Federer’s hopes of winning a ninth Wimbledon title were ended by a quarter-final loss to Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz.
The 39-year-old had played himself into form through the first week at the All England Club to raise hopes of an improbable trophy run after two knee operations and a month short of his 40th birthday.
But Hurkacz is a top-20 player and 15 years Federer’s junior, and was simply too good on the day for his opponent, who suffered a straight-sets loss at Wimbledon for the first time in 19 years.
Roger Federer crashed out Wimbledon after losing to Hubert Hurkacz in the quarter-finals
After a poor first set in breezy conditions, Federer led 4-1 in the second but he could not find his timing and Hurkacz kept his wonderfully to win 6-3 7-6 (4) 6-0, handing the Swiss his first ever bagel at Wimbledon.
Hurkacz – who was just six years old when Federer won his first title at SW19 – created his own history against his idol, having become the first player to win a set to love against the Swiss since Rafael Nadal in the 2008 French Open final.
He also made Federer suffer his first straight sets defeat at Wimbledon since a first-round loss to Mario Ancic in back in 2002.
However, Federer’s position in the 2021 ATP ‘race’ of 40th tells more of the story, and once he had lost the tiebreak 7-4 he unravelled against the number 14 seed, whose serve has been phenomenally strong this fortnight.
The Swiss world number eight, who turns 40 in August, lost in straight sets to Hurkacz
Hurkacz says it was a ‘special moment’ to play against Federer and that it was a ‘dream come true to beat him’
Like a lot of players the Polish number one grew up idolising Federer but showed him little respect in putting him away in an hour and 49 minutes.
‘It’s super special for me on this special court against Roger, it’s a dream come true,’ said Hurkacz, through to his first Grand Slam semi-final.
‘I’m proud to be here playing on grass, I’m very happy and can’t wait for the next match.’
The question remains as to whether this will be the last time we see Federer on the court at the All England Club.
The question remains as to whether this will be the last time we see Federer at Wimbledon
Boris Becker worries fans will ‘never see the great man’ at the All England Club again
Former German No.1 and three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker said: ‘I noticed the mis-hits, awkward looking points from Roger and obviously the last set of course, 6-0.
‘He would never ever say if there was a niggle, but I don’t know if we will ever see the great man again here.’
While the future looks bright for Hurkacz – who will face either Matteo Berrettini or Felix Auger-Aliassime next.
Hurkacz has also become one of three first-time Wimbledon semi-finalists that will play on Friday.
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