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Wimbledon 2021: Roger Federer knocked out by Hubert Hurkacz in quarter-finals

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Roger FedererFederer was making his 22nd consecutive Wimbledon appearance, having made his debut at the All England Club in 1999

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Roger Federer's bid for a ninth Wimbledon title is over after he was stunned in straight sets by Hubert Hurkacz in the quarter-finals.

The Swiss lost 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 6-0 to the 14th seeded Pole, who reached his first Grand Slam semi-final.

It is the first time 20-time major champion Federer has lost a set to love at the All England Club.

Hurkacz will play Matteo Berrettini or Felix Auger-Aliassime for a place in Sunday's final.

"It's super special for me," said Hurkacz, only the second Polish man to reach the semi-finals at a Grand Slam.

"Playing here and the special things [Federer] has done here, it's a dream come true."

Hurkacz, who was six when Federer won his first title at SW19, is the first player to win a set to love against the Swiss since Rafael Nadal in the 2008 French Open final.

Federer, at 39 years and 337 days, had been bidding to become the oldest man to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals in the Open era.

But defeat marked his first straight-set loss at Wimbledon in 19 years and left pundits and fans wondering whether this could turn out to be his final appearance at the grass-court Grand Slam.

Federer himself said he "does not know if he will play at Wimbledon again.

Off-colour Federer falls short in bid to match record

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Federer had two knee surgeries in 2020 and this was only his fifth event in 17 months, but had made no secret of the fact Wimbledon was his target this year as he looks to equal Martina Navratilova's record of nine singles titles here.

With Novak Djokovic – into the semi-finals after defeating Marton Fucsovics – breathing down his and Rafael Nadal's necks in the race for the most Grand Slams, this could have been his last chance to pull clear of his old foes on his best surface.

There had been concerns over his form coming into the tournament after a last-16 defeat by Auger-Aliassime at the Halle Open last month left him despondent, and he avoided an upset in the opening round of Wimbledon when Adrian Mannarino was forced to retire after slipping and injuring his knee.

Although comfortable wins over Richard Gasquet, Cameron Norrie and Lorenzo Sonego followed, he looked far from his best against Hurkacz, 15 years his junior, in gusty conditions on Centre Court.

Having made 31 unforced errors compared to Hurkacz's 12 in defeat, Federer quickly packed up his belongings and traipsed off court, his head hanging before a final wave to all corners of the applauding arena.

Hurkacz shines against boyhood hero

Hubert HurkaczHurkacz had only ever won four tour-level matches on grass before this year's tournament at the All England Club.

An impressive Hurkacz, who won the Miami Open in April before going off the boil in the following tournaments, forced but squandered three break points before finally breaking Federer's serve in the sixth game of the opening set.

He went on to take first blood in just 28 minutes against his childhood idol, Federer hitting 10 unforced errors in the first set with his play full of mis-hits.

The Swiss won the first three games of the second set but needed to dig deep to save three break points as Hurkacz, who has won just nine Tour-level matches on grass, continued to apply the pressure.

Federer still looked sluggish despite his promising start to the set and Hurkacz broke back in the seventh game, the rest then remaining on serve to set up a tie-break in which a slip on what looked a simple volley at the net at 4-2 down proved costly for Federer.

And then everything unravelled in the third set, Federer only once holding break point as Hurkacz wrapped up the win in one hour 51 minutes on his first match point.

Hurkacz, who has been compared to British former world number one Andy Murray, said: "I was trying always to believe myself during the match and just trust my game and stay as aggressive as I could.

"That what I was trying to focus on throughout the match."

Federer's final farewell? – Reaction

Boris Becker, three-time Wimbledon champion on BBC TV: "I noticed the mis-hits, awkward looking points from Roger and obviously the last set of course, 6-0.

"He would never ever say if there was a niggle, but I don't know if we will ever see the great man again here.

"There were some awkward looking points from Roger in the tie-break – something we've never seen from him on Centre Court.

"We can only wonder what happened and only he can answer that. As they say, time doesn't stand still for no man or woman."

Andrew Castle, BBC Sport tennis commentator on BBC One: "A magnificent demolition of a great champion, Hurkacz disposes of Federer in straights and it is his moment.

"We just don't know if this is a final farewell for Federer and he certainly isn't about to hang about and discuss it."

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Comment posted by Grb, today at 18:40Grb

18:40Love the Fed, an all-time favourite.
However, he played terribly today and Hurcakz played well. The right result.

I must say the crowd were absolutely appalling today, women literally SCREAMING during a point.
It’s not on, Federer has every right to be upset by it. That woman should have been ejected and given a lifetime ban.999S

Reply posted by Suketu, today at 18:46Suketu

18:46to Grb"Love the Fed, an all-time favourite.However, he played terribly today and Hurcakz played well. The right result.I must say the crowd were absolutely appalling today, women literally SCREAMING during a point. It’s not on, Federer has every right to be upset by it. That woman should have been ejected and given a lifetime ban."Suketu replied: Absolutely right. She could have ruined Federer’s concentration, causing him to slip…who knows what would have happened!1611More replies (8)downL

Comment posted by LG, today at 18:35LG

18:35The fact that he hadn’t lost a set to love in the tournament before now is truly remarkable.977G

Reply posted by Grunties, today at 18:37Grunties

18:37to LG"The fact that he hadn’t lost a set to love in the tournament before now is truly remarkable."Grunties replied: not really, he was playing pretty good stuff before today1341More replies (17)downJ

Comment posted by James_Autar, today at 18:33James_Autar

18:33I’m amazed that neither McEnroe or Becker commented on the Polish player’s strategy. He purposely slowed the game down by hitting well-placed but slow balls back and Federer could not cope with this and either hit them into the net or out of court. It was an incredible and well thought plan and it worked totally for Hurkacz. Shame on the Wimbledon crowd for showing so much bias for Federer.9619S

Reply posted by Simone, today at 18:35Simone

18:35to James_Autar"I’m amazed that neither McEnroe or Becker commented on the Polish player’s strategy. He purposely slowed the game down by hitting well-placed but slow balls back and Federer could not cope with this and either hit them into the net or out of court. It was an incredible and well thought plan and it worked totally for Hurkacz. Shame on the Wimbledon crowd for showing so much bias for Federer."Simone replied: He and Rafa are the nicest guys so understandable.3335More replies (20)downI

Comment posted by Irons45, today at 18:36Irons45

18:36I dont get why people are saying time for him to retire. If he is still enjoying playing why not carry on7512B

Reply posted by bagseye, today at 18:39bagseye

18:39to Irons45"I dont get why people are saying time for him to retire. If he is still enjoying playing why not carry on"bagseye replied: Exactly. If he is absolutely awful, then yes he probably should.

But he lost a game, it’s common once the best get to the latter stages of their careers.

It’s just more sensationalism from the media492More replies (17)downR

Comment posted by Replikant, today at 18:48Replikant

18:48How about some praise for the winner? Hurkacz beat him fair and square and everybody is saying Federer was injured.633K

Reply posted by Kate G F, today at 19:17Kate G F

19:17to Replikant"How about some praise for the winner? Hurkacz beat him fair and square and everybody is saying Federer was injured."Kate G F replied: Federer was injured? Mentally? He looked just fine. I hope he is not making these horrible excuses.

I hope he leaves with grace. Don’t need these excuses. He will soon retire; has nothing to look forward to. Ranking will plummet from August w/o Covid protection, not going to Olympics, and he is getting clobbered even on his fav court by #14 seeds719More replies (1)downH

Comment posted by Hilary, today at 18:50Hilary

18:50The stupidity of the commentators was very irritating. At 39, after 2 knee surgeries and very little match play, they were rattling on as if RF was going to sweep Hurkacz aside easily, completely failing to spot how he was struggling today. I am a huge Federer fan, but that was disrespectful to his opponent.592J

Reply posted by James_Autar, today at 18:54James_Autar

18:54to Hilary"The stupidity of the commentators was very irritating. At 39, after 2 knee surgeries and very little match play, they were rattling on as if RF was going to sweep Hurkacz aside easily, completely failing to spot how he was struggling today. I am a huge Federer fan, but that was disrespectful to his opponent."James_Autar replied: Agree totally. They also did not pick up on the fact that Hurcakcz slowed the game down to suit his style of play and Feder could not cope with his. The Pole’s strategy was brilliant.302More replies (1)downG

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Comment posted by geow93, today at 18:34geow93

18:34Fantastic performance by Hukarcz545C

Reply posted by canute, today at 18:55canute

18:55to geow93"Fantastic performance by Hukarcz"canute replied: Absolutely. Lot of talk about him losing six matches on the trot before Wimbledon but that might have been because he was ill and not able to train for two weeks following his Miami win.71More replies (1)downS

Comment posted by Society needs less Gammon, today at 18:49Society needs less Gammon

18:49Had to turn it off. Simply cannot stand the braying crowd all fighting to get their benign cries heard on TV. Gasping shouting and screaming mid rally. Simply no class and there for theatre rather than the sport463J

Reply posted by James_Autar, today at 19:00James_Autar

19:00to Society needs less Gammon"Had to turn it off. Simply cannot stand the braying crowd all fighting to get their benign cries heard on TV. Gasping shouting and screaming mid rally. Simply no class and there for theatre rather than the sport"James_Autar replied: Agree. The bias of the crowd was embarrassing to say the least. No credit given to the Pole who showed remarkable poise, demeanour, conduct and attitude. No tantrums, objections or berating of the umpire. I just hope he can beat the objectionable Djokovic in the final (if he gets there).245More replies (2)downD

Comment posted by Dave, today at 18:32Dave

18:32He’s still 8th in the world, depends how much he loves playing if he carries on, he’s obviously still competing towards the top, just not at the top272K

Reply posted by KLOPP OUT, today at 18:39KLOPP OUT

18:39to Dave"He’s still 8th in the world, depends how much he loves playing if he carries on, he’s obviously still competing towards the top, just not at the top"KLOPP OUT replied: He’s never been at the top of the game in my book.

He proved me right again today. Terrible performance. 🤚780More replies (13)downR

Comment posted by roly, today at 18:47roly

18:47Sad for Roger but younger players coming through to take over. He probarly did not have enough match practice since his operation. No reason yet to retire if he is still enjoying playing. Novak and Rafa will be next in line to find out that age does and will catch up with you eventually. A certain SW has found that out.220K

Reply posted by knackered nail knocker, today at 18:51knackered nail knocker

18:51to roly"Sad for Roger but younger players coming through to take over. He probarly did not have enough match practice since his operation. No reason yet to retire if he is still enjoying playing. Novak and Rafa will be next in line to find out that age does and will catch up with you eventually. A certain SW has found that out."knackered nail knocker replied: I’m sure Tim Henman still enjoys the odd game, but he recognises that he cannot compete any more and that’s why he holds a microphone at tournaments and not a racquet.154More replies (1)downK

Comment posted by Keith Wood, today at 18:58Keith Wood

18:58Hurkacz won because he played the man, not the reputation. He knew that if he kept making Federer run for the ball, the great man would start struggling to reach it, or make a poor shot if he got to it. Good luck in the semi, Hubert. And come on, Denis Shapovilov, take out Novak in your semi. Let’s have two new players in the final. Let this be the start of the handover to a younger generation213G

Reply posted by Grb, today at 19:00Grb

19:00to Keith Wood"Hurkacz won because he played the man, not the reputation. He knew that if he kept making Federer run for the ball, the great man would start struggling to reach it, or make a poor shot if he got to it. Good luck in the semi, Hubert. And come on, Denis Shapovilov, take out Novak in your semi. Let’s have two new players in the final. Let this be the start of the handover to a younger generation"Grb replied: I agree with that50More replies (4)downJ

Comment posted by jackmalde, today at 18:29jackmalde

18:29He got to the quarters, no need for him to retire just yet!225K

Reply posted by Kate G F, today at 19:19Kate G F

19:19to jackmalde"He got to the quarters, no need for him to retire just yet!"Kate G F replied: He will be gone. Soon. I will bet on it.
His ranking will drop like a rock when the Covid protection system is phased out. He might be unseeded at the USO and run into a top player in the 1st or 2nd round. That will be humiliating.

He got to the QF at Wimby, and that too w/ luck (Mannarino). He will lose to more than 30 players at the USO on current form48More replies (1)downO

Comment posted by otfan, today at 18:44otfan

18:44Maybe he has had is day. Well whatever, he has been perhaps the Greatest player. Also a great role model and ambassador for the sport.184L

Reply posted by Lets Agree To Disagree, today at 19:25Lets Agree To Disagree

19:25to otfan"Maybe he has had is day. Well whatever, he has been perhaps the Greatest player. Also a great role model and ambassador for the sport."Lets Agree To Disagree replied: Father time is one opponent that no man or woman has ever been able to beat.11A

Comment posted by armchair59, today at 18:28armchair59

18:28Another record. Oldest man in Open era to reach Wimbledon 1/4 final. But with the courts so slow will we ever see a smaller attacking player like him ever again?195G

Reply posted by Grunties, today at 18:35Grunties

18:35to armchair59"Another record. Oldest man in Open era to reach Wimbledon 1/4 final. But with the courts so slow will we ever see a smaller attacking player like him ever again?"Grunties replied: The reason he beat Sampras was cos they’d already slowed the courts down back then136More replies (5)downB

Comment posted by blueskyone, today at 18:28blueskyone

18:28Father time unfortunately catches up with even the greatest. It’s an achievement to reach the second week aged nearly 40. Maybe best to retire after this season.2310L

Reply posted by Lets Agree To Disagree, today at 19:23Lets Agree To Disagree

19:23to blueskyone"Father time unfortunately catches up with even the greatest. It’s an achievement to reach the second week aged nearly 40. Maybe best to retire after this season."Lets Agree To Disagree replied: Hubert Hurkacz is not a very popular man at the moment. 😉16R

Comment posted by rafferty5268, today at 18:59rafferty5268

18:59Leaving the court with dignity – what a great, great champion and a fine gentleman who has given the game so much.142S

Reply posted by Simone, today at 19:02Simone

19:02to rafferty5268"Leaving the court with dignity – what a great, great champion and a fine gentleman who has given the game so much."Simone replied: Indeed yes.40More replies (3)downD

Comment posted by Display Name, today at 18:50Display Name

18:50I hope he doesn’t retire, I love watching him play and getting to the quarters after to 2 knee operations is not a bad result.120P

Comment posted by PJ, today at 19:01PJ

19:01Federer was seeded to get to the quarters and that’s what he did. Not sure we could have expected more after his long lay-off and surgery. And he’s 40 next month!110F

Reply posted by Faye 1968, today at 19:23Faye 1968

19:23to PJ"Federer was seeded to get to the quarters and that’s what he did. Not sure we could have expected more after his long lay-off and surgery. And he’s 40 next month!"Faye 1968 replied: Exactly10S

Comment posted by Stealth Tax BBC, today at 18:56Stealth Tax BBC

18:56No doubt that “sports expert” and man of the people, Piers Morgan, will say Federer bottled it. He knows you know. He’s an Arsenal fan.112F

Reply posted by Faye 1968, today at 19:21Faye 1968

19:21to Stealth Tax BBC"No doubt that “sports expert” and man of the people, Piers Morgan, will say Federer bottled it. He knows you know. He’s an Arsenal fan."Faye 1968 replied: Piers Morgan 🤣10P

Comment posted by penhow, today at 18:36penhow

18:36Both of Roger and Andy will have to make a decision before long as to whether they are serious title contenders,or are playing simply because they enjoy the game.
Time is catching up with several notable male and female players now and the younger generation are finally asserting themselves on tour and in the slams.Even Novak will run out of steam eventually.
It’s great to see some fresh faces.123More commentsBack to topunknown
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