Hubert Hurkacz is through to his maiden Grand Slam semi-final after comprehensively beating Roger Federer 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-0.
The Pole put in a high-quality performance, making just twelve unforced errors over three sets, handing Federer his first-ever bagel at Wimbledon and first at a Grand Slam since the 2008 French Open final.
While never able to leave his mark on the match, the Swiss will rue the second set tie break where he had his chances but could not find
Quick Match Recap
Federer won the toss and elected to receive. Hurkacz was forced to deuce in his opening game but held for a 1-0 lead.
Federer kicked his account off with a hold to love before a more comfortable hold put the Pole up 2-1.
In the fourth game, two sloppy forehand errors allowed Hurkacz to set up 0-40, but Federer found his serve + forehand combo to escape the game.
More solid serving from Hurkacz moved him 3-2 in front, and he soon found himself up a break, aided by Federer leaving a wind-affected ball that dropped 3 feet inside the baseline at 15-15.
Hurkacz then held to fifteen to consolidate the break, and he was soon serving for the first set after Federer held for 3-5.
Despite dropping the opening point, a calm looking Hurkacz won the next four points to win the opening set, winning 94% of points behind his impressive first serve.
Federer, however, was not as strong, only winning 40% of points behind his second serve, which proved the difference.
The Swiss kicked off the second set with a hold to fifteen and soon found himself up 0-40 as Hurkacz struggled with the wind. The 14th seed saved the first two but fired down a double fault to drop serve.
Consolidating the break was of utmost importance for Federer, but he gave Hurkacz numerous chances to break back, facing three breakpoints, but he found some steel to hang on for 3-0.
An exchange of holds took the scoreboard to 4-1, but in the seventh game, an edgy looking Federer dropped serve to fifteen to let Hurkacz back into the set.
Hurkacz then held to level at 4-4, but an impressive love hold from Federer stopped the rot to put himself ahead again at 5-4.
Federer fashioned a window of opportunity at 30-30 in the next game, but Hurkacz found his serve when he needed it to level at 5-5.
The set resulted in a tie break, and it was Hurkacz who moved up an immediate mini-break, finding the pass by guessing correctly off a Federer drive volley.
Hurkacz's lead was short-lived as Federer recovered it immediately and would have gone up a mini-break of his own if it wasn't for some impressive volleying from the Pole.
A missed drive volley then gave Hurkacz another mini-break, and despite losing a near-certain point when his back foot slipped at the net, Federer again recovered it for 3-4.
However, a Federer error allowed Hurkacz to move in front yet again, and this time he took advantage, winning his next two service points to take the tie break 7-4.
Into the third and after holding for 1-0, Hurkacz maintained his consistency, breaking immediately for 2-0.
That was soon a double break for 4-0, and although Federer fashioned a breakpoint to recover one of them, Hurkacz held for 5-0 then handed the Swiss his first-ever bagel at SW19.
|Roger Federer||Hubert Hurkacz|
|First Serve % In||60/93 (65%)||52/88 (59%)|
|Win % On 1st Serve||40/60 (67%)||41/52 (79%)|
|Win % On 2nd Serve||11/33 (33%)||20/36 (56%)|
|Net Points Won||30/43 (70%)||15/23 (65%)|
|Break Points Won||1/4 (25%)||5/15 (33%)|
|Receiving Points Won||27/88 (31%)||42/93 (45%)|
|Total Points Won||78||103|
Thoughts on the Match
Well, it was tough, you know. The last few games obviously as you can feel that you're not coming back from it. I'm not used to that kind of situation obviously very much, especially not here. As you said, the crowds were amazing. Yeah, the ovation is fantastic. Look, I love it. That's why I play. That's why I still play now. So it's nice to see a hundred per cent crowd today. Unfortunately, they witnessed a straight-set defeat of mine. Overall still, look, I'm super grateful for all the support I've gotten here over the years. Today again was special. You can see they're happy to be out, watching tennis, trying to get the players, the best out of them. Hubert played great. It was a tough end, of course. Federer on his loss to Hurkacz
Not a pleasant match to watch here if you're a Federer fan, as it was a dominant performance from Hurkacz, who was better in just about every area.
The Polish 14th seed looked the shakier of the two in the opening stages, but Federer did not take advantage, and once Hurkacz settled, he never let his level drop.
On the other hand, Federer was not moving well to his forehand and combined with Hurkacz outfoxing him in all areas, his mind was fully overloaded, which meant he could never swing freely from the baseline.
To me, he seemed preoccupied with something, and it was like he had to think about every single element of his game – the footwork, the serving, the returning, his conditioning. It all looked to be a struggle out there, and to face 15 breakpoints shows how little freedom he had in his service games.
As for Hurkacz, he played a great match; I was impressed with how well he got around the court. He's not the type of player that takes small precise steps, but he covers a lot of ground, has great reach, a deft touch and isn't just a guy who bashes from the baseline as he won several of the cat and mouse type points.
He was also very calm, which meant Federer could never draw any positives in how he was playing. Nothing he did unsettled Hurkacz, so every time he looked down the other end, he saw a guy who was quietly going about his business and was never flustered.
Onto Wimbledon as a whole, and if you'd told me after Halle that Federer would make the quarter-finals, I'd have taken it.
I think he showed glimpses of playing well during the last ten days, but we also saw some shortcomings in his movement. Whether or not he can ever feel confident in his physical ability is the big question, but with half the season still left to play, it's still an open one.
I definitely need to be a better player if I want to be more competitive at the highest of levels. I knew that coming in. Better players remind you of that, like Hurkacz and Felix did, for instance, in Halle. It gets tough when things get really tricky physically. I mean, I thought I had a decent chance going into the match.
I felt like if I can protect my serve, I would get chances off his second serve and I would get into the rallies I would like, have them go rather my way. But I struggled early on in that first set. I felt like with my serve my rhythm was a little bit off. Put myself in too many difficult situations and didn't take my own chances.
I think that first set, I feel like I need to do better. Okay, credit to him for getting that one done. Second set I got to find a way to win it somehow. Obviously being up a break, was it 4-1, I got to find a way to win that. The breaker was a brutal first six points of the breaker to go down 4-2 and change ends and go against the wind. I knew that wasn't going to be great for me.
Then being down two sets to love, with his momentum and swinging his way, things got complicated. Look, he was the better player by far at the end, so he deserved the victory today. Roger Federer
- Didn't move well
- Forehand leaked way too many unforced errors (17 in total)
- Won just 33% behind his second serve
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