Roger Federer came to Wimbledon after playing only four tournaments in the previous 17 months. Struggling with a knee injury, the Swiss underwent two surgeries last year and made a slow comeback this March, thinking about every next step and doing everything to get back at 100% ahead of Wimbledon. An eight-time winner didn’t play at his best in the opening four rounds, but it was enough to oust Adrian Mannarino, Richard Gasquet, Cameron Norrie and Lorenzo Sonego to become the oldest Wimbledon quarter-finalist in the Open era. Still, that was the end of Roger’s road at his 22nd Wimbledon, as he lost to Hubert Hurkacz 6-3, 7-6, 6-0 in an hour and 48 minutes!
It was Roger’s toughest loss at the All England Club since 2002 when a qualifier Mario Ancic stunned him in straight sets, having his chances in set number two but losing ground in the first and third to propel the Pole into his first Major semi-final. Federer won their previous match in Indian Well 2019 but was far from that pace today, securing only one break and giving serve away five times to hit the exit door.
Hubert Hurkacz stormed over Roger Federer to reach the semis at Wimbledon.
Hurkacz closed the encounter with 36 winners and only 12 unforced errors, securing four breaks from 14 opportunities and leaving his idol behind to remain on the title course. After a deuce in the opening game, the Pole served well in the rest of the opening set and kept the pressure on the other side of the court.
Federer erased three break chances in the fourth game to stay on the positive side before Hurkacz grabbed a break two games later with a volley winner at the net. Serving at 5-3, the Pole held at 15 with a service winner and wrapped up the opener after 28 minutes. Roger scored an early break in the second set and survived a couple of break chances in the next one to establish the lead. Hubert pulled the break back in game seven and clinched the tie break 7-4 with a service winner to move two sets to love in front. With nothing working his way, Federer experienced the first bagel at Wimbledon in set number three, losing ground completely and propelling Hurkacz into the semi-final.