Federer Hammered By Hurkacz In Wimbledon Stunner; Djokovic 2 Wins from 20
by Staff | July 7th, 2021, 5:55 pm
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Roger Federer finally looked 39. The 8-time champion was bundled out of the Wimbledon quarterfinals Wednesday with great ease by a cool and calm Hubert Hurkacz 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-0 in just 1 hour, 49 minutes.

Federer, who was appearing in his 18th Wimbledon quarterfinal, showed early signs of trouble. The forehand was misfiring and the footwork wasn’t there. Hurkacz got a break in the 2-3 game and the 24-year-old rode his serve to an opening set win.

Federer was able to break early but the errors crept back in and Hurkacz was able to level. In the breaker, Federer fell apart. A poor volley and an off balanced miss on an overhead, and the youngster would hold a two set lead.

The third went the way of Hurkacz and Federer suffered his first bagel set ever at Wimbledon and first at a Grand Slam since that 2008 French Open nightmare against Rafael Nadal.

“It’s super special for me, playing on this special court against Roger,” Hurkacz told the crowd. ” The special things he has done here throughout his career, it’s a dream come true. Playing here in front of you guys, thank you so much for coming here and cheering. I’m super proud and super happy to be here. I can’t wait for the next one.”

Hurkacz becomes the second Polish man to make a Grand Slam semifinal after Jerzy Janowicz at 2013 Wimbledon.

For Federer, the questions are there.

“I’m actually very happy I made it as far as I did here, and I actually was able to play Wimbledon at the level that I did, after everything I went through. Of course, I would like to play it again, but at my age you’re just never sure what’s around the corner,” Federer said.

“I was able to make it this year, which I’m really happy about,” he added. “I’ve got to take a few days. Obviously, we’re going to speak a little bit tonight, depending on how I feel, then the next couple of days as well. Then we go from there. Just see, ‘Okay, what do I need to do to get in better shape so I can be more competitive?’”

When asked if he’d be back at Wimbledon, the 8-time champion responded, “I don’t know. I really don’t know. I got to regroup. My goal for the last year was to play another Wimbledon.”

Earlier on Centre Court, Novak Djokovic raced out to a 5-0 lead on Marton Fucsovics before the Hungarian got some momentum. But Djokovic was too strong in the end with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 victory. It wasn’t his best performance of the fortnight, but his 100th career grass win moved him to within two of No. 20.

“It was a solid performance and I started off really well, particularly in the first five games of the set,” said Djokovic who has won his last 19 Wimbledon matches. “One break of serve in the second and third sets was enough today and I’d like to give credit to Marton for fighting so hard.”

Djokovic is also still on track for a Calendar Slam and a Golden Slam.

“I am aware of certain stats,” said Djokovic. “And obviously I love this sport with all my heart and body and soul. I’ve been devoted to this sport since I was four. Sometimes things do look surreal for me but I try to live in the moment, don’t take anything for granted, be grateful for every opportunity I have on the court and, obviously going for history is a huge inspiration for me and, you know, let’s keep it going.”

Fucsovics was playing his first Slam quarterfinal.

“He started very well, he played well during the whole match,” said Fucsovics. “I had to find the rhythm. I had to find my serve. It was a bit windy during the match, I had to get used to it.”

On Friday, Djokovic will seek his seventh straight win over Denis Shapovalov. The Canadian earned his biggest career Slam win beating Karen Khachanov in five sets 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 to reach his first semifinal at this level.

Shapovalov, who eliminated Andy Murray on Friday, didn’t panic down 2-sets-to-1 and broke Khachanov in the fifth and served it out.

“It was definitely super tough, especially in the fifth set, having 0/40 and not converting. Then having the craziest game of my life, being able to win that was massive,” Shapovalov said. “I was in a similar position at the US Open last year in the quarter-finals, and I thought I started the fifth set a little slow, so I told myself just play every single point as hard as you can, and a bit of luck was on my side.”

Shapovalov will be a huge underdog on Friday against the World No. 1.

“He [Djokovic] is the best player in the world, but when you look at the scoreboard, the first thing on Friday, it is going to be level,” Shapovalov said. “I have full belief in me and my team, anything is possible.”

After four wins, Khachanov lost his first career 5-set match at Wimbledon.

“I think in the fourth set I should have stepped in a little more to try to defend more,” Khachanov said. “I think I gave him a chance to go for the shots. He broke me. Then the dynamics kind of changed. He stepped up. He started to be pumped again. He kind of turned around the situation to go into the fifth set.

“The difference is sometimes mental, sometimes is the game. I think he went for it more. He went first for the shots. He served much better than me especially in those moments. I think during the whole match, the only thing that I was missing today was being a little bit better serving. I feel fit. Even though I played five sets, I had one day off. I felt fresh.”

In the last quarterfinal of the day, Matteo Berrettini won his 10th straight on grass ousting good friend Felix Auger Aliassime 6-3, 5-7, 7-5, 6-3. Berrettini was backed by 12 aces and 33 winners while the 20-year-old donated 41 unforced errors.

“Before this tournament I just felt that I’m a better player now,” Berrettini said. “I have more experience. I had more matches on my shoulders. Everything that I am achieving, it’s great, but it’s not something that I didn’t expect.”

Berrettini will meet Hurkacz in his second career Grand Slam semifinal.

“Playing Hubert is going to be really tough. He beat Daniil, beat Roger in a row, and he’s feeling good. He’s having a great season so far, so it’s gonna be tough one,” the Italian said.


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12 Comments for Federer Hammered By Hurkacz In Wimbledon Stunner; Djokovic 2 Wins from 20

Wog Boy Says:

“ Shapovalov will be a huge underdog on Friday against the World No. 1.”

Staff, have you actually watched Nole and Shapo this Wimbledon, Nole will be lucky if he makes final and if he does it then my money is on good looking Italian to win Wimbledon.
Nole is emotionally drained after historical FO win, his stats are not that good nor is he playing that great, on the other side Shapo is in the sizzling form, Mikhail Youzhny did a great job with Canadian, he is different player compared to one 18 months ago.
So yes, advantage Shapovalov.


skeezer Says:

“Shapovalov will be a huge underdog on Friday against the World No. 1”
Agreed.
Djoker continues to be HUGE favorite to win Wimbledon in this weak era. He has been toying with his undercooked opponents. Don’t fall for the hype..


SG1 Says:

i wouldn’t pick against novak these days. there’s a calendar slam on the line and a chance to take the lead in the GS title race. and he’s a boss on grass.

as for federer, i can’t imagine he’d want to go out with his last set being a bagel. sampras had a real low in ‘02 at wimbledon before winning the open. i don’t expect that to happen but i think he will want to go out playing well. the only thing stopping him from doing this would be an injury.


SG1 Says:

federer still hits a beautiful ball but his movement isn’t there because he hasn’t played enough. being out for 18 months at this point in his career can’t help his cause. he needs matches but i can’t imagine he’d play the us open series and us open. that surface is hard on surgically repaired knees. maybe he can play some clay and grass court tournaments between now and next years clay court season and get his movement up to snuff


Madmax Says:

WogBoy,

Novak has been the favourite since the start of the tournament, and I think he has been easing himself into this tournament. I would never bet against him, He is playing well, not brilliantly at this point, but I think this is because he is conserving energy Wogboy.

Novak to win the tournament. I said this at the outset.

I had hoped he would be in the final with Fed, and I had already said to myself, if Fed got that far, I would be so happy, but I was also more realistic this time, (I live in dreamland sometimes with Fed, but it is a nice place to live).

I am proud he reached the QF’s and despite what others may think WB, I think for him to have got this far with 2, not 1, but 2 knee surgeries. He is a warrior. Really.


J-Kath Says:

SG1: I will be extremely surprised if Novak fails to WIN.


skeezer Says:

SG1,
Wanted to say thanks for posting here now and then, always an insightful & enjoyable read.(no slight on you MM & J-kath, you’re awesome too!)


Emilia Says:

WogBoy,

You don’t trust Novak — it seems.
His ambition is to make history and the moment is NOW. He will do his utmost best to beat SHAPOVALOV who really progressed much. I do hope Nole’s experience and stamina will win.


SG1 Says:

skeezer… thanks for the kind words.


J-Kath Says:

Skeezer: As the saying goes: “You are a gentleman and a scholar”.


Giles Says:

As long as Faker continues his fakery and laces his dates with suspicious substances he will win! Wish the man would play fair for once!
Booooooooo
🤡👹🥱


Giles Says:

That bloke from down under trying his best not to jinx faker. Lololol
He says “ Advantage Shapovalov “ . Who’s he trying to kid? Not me for sure!
ROFL

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