Hubert Hurkacz, 24, said he idolized Roger Federer growing up and was giving his best to watch as many matches of the Swiss as he could..
Hurkacz, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 9 in the world, clashed his idol at this past Wimbledon.
In July, Hurkacz delivered a huge performance to beat Federer in straight sets and reach his maiden Grand Slam semifinal at Wimbledon.
“As a child, Roger Federer was my idol. I remember trying to see him on TV as often as possible,” Hurkacz told Eurosport Deutschland.
Hurkacz, Matteo Berrettini grew up idolizing Federer
“I grew up watching Roger Federer and always cheering for him. I supported him as much as I could, watching him on TV every time he played. Then I realized that I was playing the same tournament as him. So I couldn’t support him in the same way anymore. than before. I have told this story to Roger because now we get along so well on the Tour. I think that’s why the first time we met on Center Court at Wimbledon he destroyed me, because I couldn’t believe I was still there. playing against my idol on one of the most iconic courts on the Tour,” Berrettini recently explained.
Berrettini once went to the Rome Masters as a kid and he badly wanted to see his idol Federer in action.
“I remember going to see the Masters 1000 in Rome when I was a kid. I was trying to sneak into center court to see a Roger Federer match. I think that in that event and the experience of seeing the best players on the Tour compete were the reasons. which is why I am now a professional tennis player. Another reason is that my whole family plays tennis. They love this sport and even my grandparents still play it. Tennis is in our DNA. No one has ever been a professional tennis player, but love for it sport has always been there,” Berrettini recalled.