Roger Federer knocked out of Wimbledon by Hubert Hurkacz at quarterfinal stage

This is the first time the 24-year-old Polish tennis star has reached the quarterfinals, while Federer is participating at the age of 18.

If the eight-time champion’s debut was a surprise, its form was even more so – Hurkacz won in three sets – 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 6-0.

39-year-old Federer is looking to become the oldest man to reach a Wimbledon semi-final in the Open era, but he looks like a shadow of the player who has made headlines over the years.

The Swiss star made 31 unstoppable errors; Hurkacz only made 12 of them.

Federer has undergone two knee surgeries in 2020 and is aiming for a ninth Wimbledon title on his favorite turf.

In June, he withdrew from France is open after winning in the third round over Dominik Koepfer to protect his knee.

Federer’s loss Wednesday was only the 14th of 119 matches at Wimbledon and his first loss at a grass-court Grand Slam since 2002, a year before his first championship there. .

“I noticed mistakes, awkward points from Roger and obviously the final set was, of course, 6-0,” three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker told the BBC.

It was Federer's first consecutive set loss at Wimbledon since 2002 when he was beaten by Mario Ancic in the first round.

The goal is to play

Faced with the media and asked if he was considering retiring, Federer replied that stopping playing was not on his mind.

“No, that’s just opinion,” Federer told reporters. “You need a goal when going through rehab with what I did.

“You can’t think of an entire mountain to climb as one. You have to go step by step. Wimbledon is the initial super first step.

“For me, it’s over now, you just have to reassess everything. You have to sit down, talk about it, what went well, what didn’t go well, where the body is, the knees where, where is the mind?

“I just had to talk to the team, take my time, don’t feel rushed by you guys [the media] or anyone else, for that matter. I have to take my time, make the right decision, one that I want to make and where I feel most comfortable.

“That’s where it left me. But, no, I hope that won’t happen. Of course, the goal is to compete.”

Hurkacz will be competing in his first Grand Slam semi-final – he’s only the second Pole to reach the fourth round of Wimbledon after Jerzy Janowicz did so in 2013.

The Pole will face Matteo Berrettini of Italy on Friday, while Novak Djokovic will meet Denis Shapovalov in the other semi-final.

Chasing his 20th Grand Slam title, Djokovic beat Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics 6-3 6-4 6-4 on Wednesday, while Canada’s Shapovalov edged Russia’s Karen Khachanov 6-4 3- 6 5-7 6-1 6-4.

Meanwhile Berrettini beat the better Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, with the Italian winning in four sets – 6-3 5-7 7-5 6-3. | Roger Federer knocked out of Wimbledon by Hubert Hurkacz at quarterfinal stage


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