Struggling with a knee injury, Roger Federer had to skip almost the entire 2020 season. Undergoing two surgeries, the Swiss was eager to make a strong return in 2021 and get back at 100% ahead of Halle and Wimbledon. Despite some good matches since March, Roger is still far from his best, which was expected after such a long break from tennis. An eight-time Wimbledon champion scored four wins at the All England Club to advance into the 18th quarter-final at his beloved Major, hoping for more of the same against Hubert Hurkacz. Nonetheless, the young Pole left the Swiss far behind on Wednesday, beating Roger 6-3, 7-6, 6-0 in an hour and 48 minutes.
Unable to defend the break in the second set, Roger lost in the tie break, and there was no return for him from there, as he experienced the first bagel since the 2008 Roland Garros final against Rafael Nadal! Speaking about the match, Boris Becker stated that Federer made too many errors after failing to find the range and timing. Roger had more winners than unforced errors, but it wasn’t enough to challenge a much younger rival, especially in the third when he faded from the court. Federer grabbed only one break and struggled on both the first and second serve to experience five breaks from 15 chances offered to his opponent.
Roger Federer lost to Hubert Hurkacz in straight sets at Wimbledon.
The Pole moved in front with a break at 3-2 in the opener and fired a service winner in game nine to wrap it up in 28 minutes. Battling hard, Federer earned an early break in set number two before Hurkacz broke back at 2-4 with a deep return. Roger didn’t play well in the tie break, struggling with his footwork and losing it 7-4 when Hubert fired two winners in the last two points. In one of his worst sets at Wimbledon ever, Federer grabbed only 15 points in the third set to experience a bagel and hit the exit door in the worst possible way.
“It’s something we’re never seen from him on Centre Court. He would never say if there was a niggle, but I don’t know if we will ever see the great man again here. It’s normal for everybody to make mistakes, but he’s a perfectionist. Some of these mistakes were big mistakes; he was completely off with his timing. That can happen in a game or two, but it was throughout the entire match in his case. We can only wonder what happened, but we know that time does not stand still for any man or woman. I hope we can see Roger at Wimbledon again. I don’t want to see him lose his last set at Wimbledon 6-0. But he wasn’t good enough today. For Hubert to keep his composure and not to get flustered or nervous is amazing. That win speaks volumes,” Boris Becker said.