The Pole Hubert Hurkacz is through to his first Major quarter-final at Wimbledon thanks to a 2-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 triumph over world no. 2 Daniil Medvedev. It was the fourth top-5 triumph for the Miami Open champion, heading to London with six Major wins on his tally and scoring four victories in the last ten days to set the quarter-final clash against the 20-time Major winner Roger Federer. Hubert achieved his career-best result in Miami and has barely scored a win since then, struggling to find the form and fixing that at the world’s most prestigious event. Daniil and Hubert battled over two days due to the rain, leaving the court after the seventh game on Monday and returning today to finish their duties on the Centre Court under the roof. Interestingly, Hurkacz failed to create break chances in the opening three sets, winning the second to stay alive and finding the rhythm on the return in sets four and five to move over the top.
Hubert Hurkacz toppled Daniil Medvedev for his first Major quarter-final.
Medvedev earned three breaks (two in the opener), and he gave serve away twice in sets four and five, which cost him dearly. Hubert played incredible tennis at the net in sets four and five, finishing the match with 47 winners and 38 unforced errors to remain on the title course. The Russian was too strong in the opening set yesterday, barely losing a point in his games and scoring breaks in games three and seven for 6-2. Hurkacz couldn’t do much on the return in set number two either, but this time he played good enough to reach the tie break that he claimed 7-2 with a service winner to level the overall score.
Producing one good hold after another, Daniil had the upper hand in set number three following a break in game two when Hubert sent a forehand long. The Pole fended off two set points in the eighth game before the Russian fired a forehand winner at 5-3 to bring the set home and move closer to the finish line. Medvedev saved the first break point at 2-3 in the fourth set, and the match got suspended after the next one. Serving at 3-4 today, Daniil hit a double fault to get broken, and Hubert sealed the set with an ace a few minutes later to force a decider. The Pole broke at love at 1-1 in the fifth set and sealed the deal with another return game at 5-3