An eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer is through to the last eight at the All England Club for the 18th time from 22 trips to London! Turning 40 next month, Roger became the oldest Wimbledon quarter-finalist in the Open era following a win over Lorenzo Sonego in the fourth round. Federer will face Hubert Hurkacz in the battle for the semis, with the Pole playing in his first Major quarter-final. Hurkacz and Federer have played only once so far, in Indian Wells 2019, when Federer scored a 6-4, 6-4 triumph in an hour and 13 minutes. The Swiss produced a reliable performance on both serve and return, dropping just 16 points in ten service games and fending off both break chances to keep the serve intact.
Roger Federer and Hubert Hurkacz will fight in the Wimbledon quarter-final.
The young Pole couldn’t follow that pace, giving away almost 40% of the points in his games and getting broken once in each set to propel Roger into the last four. Federer delivered fury from his forehand, finishing the match with 24 winners and 18 unforced errors. In comparison, Hubert counted to 16 winners and 23 mistakes, failing to impose his groundstrokes and losing ground in both the shortest and more extended rallies to end the journey in the quarters. The opening set offered nine good holds on both sides and one loose that cost Hubert dearly after sending a forehand long in the fifth game to drop serve at 15 and push Roger 3-2 up.
World no. 4 gave away only five points in five service games and sealed the first set after a deuce at 5-4 when Hurkacz sprayed a forehand mistake. The youngster made another forehand error in the second set’s third game to drift further and further away from the positive result. Still, he could have pulled the break back in game six when he created the first break chance. Roger saved it with a forehand crosscourt winner to keep the serve intact before playing against another while serving for the win at 5-4. Staying calm, the Swiss erased it with a service winner and moved over the top with a forehand winner that pushed him into the semis. It should be interesting to follow their second clash at Wimbledon today, especially if they bring their A-game on the Centre Court.