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Roger Federer loses Wimbledon quarterfinal to Hubert Hurkacz

WIMBLEDON, England — Roger Federer has been feted by loads of ovations at Centre Court. None fairly like this one, although. This was not a celebration. It felt extra like a “Thank you” or — simply in case — a “Goodbye.”

The eight-time Wimbledon champion misplaced 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-0 to 14th-seeded Hubert Hurkacz of Poland within the quarterfinals on the All England Club on Wednesday, a surprisingly lopsided end to Federer’s twenty second look within the match.

As Federer stepped the baseline to serve within the final sport, he wanted to wait whereas followers within the full-to-capacity stands applauded and cheered. Soon sufficient, it was over, solely the third 6-0 set misplaced by Federer in 429 profession Grand Slam matches; each of the others got here on the French Open — in his 1999 Slam debut towards Pat Rafter and within the 2008 last towards Rafael Nadal.

“I don’t know what to say. It’s super special for me. I mean, playing on this special court against Roger — it’s always, when you’re a kid, it’s like a dream come true to play him.,” mentioned Hurkacz, a 24-year-old from Poland who within the lead-up to the match referred to as Federer his idol.

Asked if he may have imagined this end result, Hurkacz replied: “Probably not.”

And but, this was not the Federer the world is used to watching. He underwent two operations on his proper knee in 2020 and was sidelined for greater than 12 months in all. He arrived at Wimbledon having performed a complete of eight matches this season.

Factor in age — Federer turns 40 on Aug. 8, so this was his final main in his 30s — and perhaps it was simply an excessive amount of to ask that he make his approach to the closing weekend, even when it is a match he’s gained greater than every other man, and even when it’s contested on a floor, grass, on which he’s greatest.

He merely by no means was in a position to summon the serving and shot-making which have carried him to 20 Grand Slam titles general, tied with Nadal for the lads’s document.

On the opposite half of the draw, No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic will meet No. 10 Denis Shapovalov within the semifinals.

For about 20 minutes Wednesday, Djokovic was not fairly his indomitable, infallible self.

After racing to a 5-0 lead on the outset, he dropped three consecutive video games to his unheralded quarterfinal opponent, Forty eighth-ranked Marton Fucsovics. Wasted 5 set factors within the course of, too.

Soon sufficient, Djokovic righted himself, as he often does, and beat Fucsovics 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 on a windy, overcast afternoon at Centre Court to attain his tenth semifinal on the All England Club and forty first at a significant match.

That allowed the 34-year-old from Serbia to proceed his pursuit of a sixth championship at Wimbledon – and what could be a 3rd in a row – together with a twentieth Grand Slam title general.

And there’s this, too: Djokovic improved to 19-0 in matches at majors this season as he pursues the primary calendar-year Grand Slam by a person since Rod Laver in 1969. Djokovic seized trophies on the Australian Open’s exhausting courts in February, on the French Open’s pink clay in June and now seeks to add one on Wimbledon’s grass.

“I’m not chasing anybody,” Djokovic mentioned. “I’m making my own path and my own journey, my own history.”

Shapovalov edged No. 25 Karen Khachanov of Russia 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 over practically 3 1/2 hours at No. 1 Court.

“Obviously, he’s the best player in the world,” Shapovalov mentioned about Djokovic, “but I think anything is possible. And when you look at the scoreboard first thing on Friday … it’s going to be 0-0. So that’s it. Nothing else matters.”

Hurkacz’s opponent Friday will probably be No. 7 Matteo Berrettini of Italy or No. 16 Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada.

Hurkacz by no means had made it past the third spherical at any main; that’s when he misplaced to Djokovic at Wimbledon two years in the past.

Still, Hurkacz regarded fairly snug on this unfamiliar stage. He performed sublimely, with 3 times as many winners, 36, as unforced errors, 12.

In the opening set, he didn’t face a lot as a single break level and was responsible of simply 4 unforced errors to Federer’s 10.

It appeared Federer lastly was starting to make some headway early within the second set, incomes a trio of break factors and nosing forward 2-0 on a double-fault. After his second serve discovered the online, Hurkacz pointed an index finger at his temple, then shook his head.

Federer then weathered three break factors within the subsequent sport to lead 3-0.

But Hurkacz conceded nothing. Undaunted by the setting, the stakes, the foe or the almost-uniformly-for-Federer followers, Hurkacz claimed 4 of the following 5 video games to pull even at 4-all, breaking alongside the best way with a stinging forehand return of a 101 mph serve that rushed Federer and drew a backhand into the online.

In the tiebreaker — which was preceded by loud chants of “Let’s go, Roger! Let’s go!” and rhythmic clapping — it was extra of the identical: Hurkacz hitting his spots and Federer stumbling.

On one foray to the online, Federer misplaced his footing and, within the strategy of catching his steadiness, missed what may have been a easy volley.

The third set glided by in a blink, and when it ended with Federer lacking a forehand properly broad, he shortly packed his baggage and hustled off towards the locker room with a wave and a thumbs-up.

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