World No. 9 Hubert Hurkacz revealed he felt “nothing but sheer joy” after beating his idol Roger Federer at Wimbledon.
This past Wimbledon, Hurkacz handed a straight-set defeat to 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer to make his Grand Slam semifinal.
“When I played and won against him at Wimbledon this year, I felt nothing but sheer joy. It was an extremely intense match for me, accompanied by an amazing atmosphere,” Hurkacz said, per Tennishead.
“Facing a player such as Roger on Centre Court and coming out on top was an unreal feeling – even now I can’t really describe that experience.
“There isn’t heaps of time between players at the end of matches, but he told me that I played a good game and wished me good luck for the rest of the tournament, which meant a lot.”
Beating Federer meant a lot to Hurkacz
Federer is a fan favorite at Wimbledon but Hurkacz didn’t crush under the pressure of plati b against record eighr-time Wimbledon champion.
“That quarter-final victory is definitely one of my most memorable moments of the season. It was more than just a win because it represented that I’d taken another step to break down my barriers and show that I can achieve big things,” Hurkacz added.
“Wimbledon, combined with what I achieved in Delray Beach, Miami and Metz, were all equally big achievements for me as they each gave me the confidence to know that I can keep pushing myself further.”
It has been a great season for Hurkacz, who captured his maiden Masters title in Miami and also secured a spot at the Nitto ATP Finals.
“In general, I think this season has been my best because I feel I am much more aware of what is happening on court; mentally, I feel stronger. Physically too; I’ve been able to move forward and I think my service has improved a lot,” Hurkacz noted.