Roger Federer crashed against Hubert Hurkacz in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon. It is unclear whether the tennis maestro will come back to London.
When Roger Federer sneaked from his beloved Center Court at Wimbledon with a sad look and bowed head, some fans refused to admit that it could have been the last time. “One more year”, they shouted to Federer, who will be 40 years old on August 8th.
But he had to let the cracking quarterfinals sink in his “living room” first: “I could take a nap now.” When asked about the possible final farewell to Wimbledon, he said: “I don’t know, I really don’t know. Of course I would like to play here again. But at my age you never know what will happen.”
Federer loses the last sentence to zero.
On Wednesday (07/07/2021), the Swiss missed any lightness that had led him to numerous successes. In the end, he was even outclassed by Hubert Hurkacz from Poland at 3: 6, 6: 7 (4: 7), 0: 6.
“First I have to collect myself and take a few days,” he said. “The goal is of course to keep playing.” It wasn’t until March that the Grand Slam record winner made his comeback after a year-long injury break with two knee operations and declared the lawn classic in London a significant goal. “Now that’s over and we have to sit down and see what was good and what was bad,” he said. “How is the body, how is the mind?”
Hurkacz: Federer has “accomplished special things here.”
The 15,000 fans cheered on Federer in vain and watched, almost in shock, the farewell of the Wimbledon icon during the world rankings 18. Hurkacz calmly played his aggressive game and humbly enjoyed the greatest triumph of his career. “He has achieved such special things here,” said Hurkacz after defeating his idol: “For me, a dream will come true.”
The Pole will face the Italian Matteo Berrettini in his first Grand Slam semifinal on Friday, who defeated the Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime 6: 3, 5: 7, 7: 5, 6: 3 on Wednesday evening. Auger-Aliassime had thrown Hamburg’s Alexander Zverev out of the Grand Slam tournament in the round of 16.
Hurkacz against Federer without nervousness and dominant
In the second match against his great idol, Hurkacz, who had only won one game (six defeats) between his surprising Master’s title in Miami in early April and Wimbledon, showed no nervousness.
While the 24-year-old played carefreely and creatively, Federer hardly found any means against the strong serve of the Pole when he returned. The longtime world number one did not look confident or even dominant – he often hit balls uncleanly or did poorly.
The tie-break of the second set was symptomatic, in which Federer left many simple points due to uncleanliness. Even after that, he did not succeed in releasing his cramp. The resistance was broken; Hurkacz confidently brought the match to a close.
Novak Djokovic has his eyes on the 20th Grand Slam title
Novak Djokovic raises his hands to cheer
Federer’s longtime rival Novak Djokovic, on the other hand, remained safe in his record hunt. The world number one from Serbia moved into his tenth Wimbledon semifinals with an undisputed 6: 3, 6: 4, 6: 4 against the Hungarian Marton Fucsovics. He also overtook his former coach Boris Becker, who had reached the semifinals there nine times.
“It was a solid match,” said Djokovic. With a view to his hunt for a record, he said: “Sometimes things look surreal, but nothing is taken for granted to me. It’s a huge inspiration for me to make history. Let’s move on.”
Djokovic can draw level with Federer and Nadal.
With his sixth Wimbledon victory, Djokovic could achieve a great career goal. It would be his 20th overall title in a Grand Slam tournament to draw level with the joint leaders Federer and Rafael Nadal.
In the semifinals, Djokovic meets Denis Shapovalov. The 22-year-old defeated the Russian Karen Khachanov 6: 4, 3: 6, 5: 7, 6: 4, 6: 1 and was only the third Canadian to reach the Wimbledon semifinals.
Fucsovics ultimately behave against star Djokovic.
Until the 5-0 in the first set, everything looked like Djokovic’s show of strength. But then he let Fucsovics come into play through poor concentration and unusually foolish mistakes.
However, Djokovic overcame this phase. He acknowledged winning the second set with a loud cheer. Fucsovics ultimately lacked the necessary courage in his first quarterfinals at a Grand Slam – he had chances. After 2:16 hours, Djokovic, who so far only played in the first round against the British Jack D.