‘Roger Federer looked ordinary against Hubert Hurkacz,’ says Mats Wilander

On Wednesday, an eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer suffered a heavy loss against Hubert Hurkacz in the quarters. Playing at only his fifth tournament since February last year, Roger earned four wins to become the oldest Wimbledon quarter-finalist in the Open era and hoped for more of the same against the Pole. Hurkacz had other plans, though, beating the legend 6-3, 7-6, 6-0 in an hour and 48 minutes to sail into the last four. Despite having more winners than unforced errors, Federer was far from the young rival’s pace, struggling on both serve and return and making too many errors. The Swiss lost the ground in the third set to experience the first bagel since the 2008 Roland Garros final against Rafael Nadal! Mats Wilander praised Hubert following his stellar victory, saying that he made Roger looking like an ordinary player on the court where he has achieved so much in the past two decades.

Roger Federer won only nine games against Hubert Hurkacz at Wimbledon.

Federer grabbed only one break and struggled to keep the pressure on the Pole in his games, getting broken five breaks from 15 chances offered to his opponent. Hubert secured the advantage with a break at 3-2 in the opener and closed it with a service winner in game nine after 28 minutes. Eager to improve his game, Federer earned an early break in set number two before Hurkacz broke back at 2-4 with a deep return to regain confidence. 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, Federer grabbed only 15 points in the third set to experience a bagel and hit the exit door in the worst possible way, having nothing left in the tank against such a strong rival.

“Hurkacz was just too good today. Federer is obviously not at his best at the moment, but Hurkacz made him look ordinary for once; he is an outstanding player. When you have a lack of matches, you can have a bit of a lack of confidence. When your forehand is not working, it’s not easy to fall back on the rest of your game when your number one strength is not working perfectly. The intimidation factor is starting to fade away with Federer, as it does for everyone, but more than anything, Hurkacz played an unbelievably solid game, and he deserved to win. He handled the nerves extremely well,” Mats Wilander said.

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