20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer was ousted from Wimbledon on Wednesday night after Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz defeated him in the quarterfinals. Hurkacz pulled off what no one in the past could. He beat Roger Federer 6-3, 7-6, 6-0 at the Centre Court. After his loss, fans gave the legendary star a standing ovation. Posting a tribute for the tennis star, Wimbledon shared a video on his Twitter handle where Federer can be seen leaving the court with the crowd cheering on the Switzerland star.
Swiss maestro Roger Federer was knocked out of Wimbledon in the men’s singles quarter-finals event on Wednesday. His defeat came at the hands of Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz. This could potentially mean that this is the end of his All England Club career.
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The 20-time Grand Slam title winner, who will celebrate his 40th birthday next month lost 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 6-0 to a player 15 years his junior.
This marked only the 8-time Wimbledon champion’s 14th defeat at the tournament in 119 matches and his first straight-sets loss since an opening-round exit against Mario Ancic in 2002.
It was also the first time he had lost a set 6-0 at Wimbledon.
World number 18 Hurkacz, 24, had never got beyond the third round of a Grand Slam before this Wimbledon.
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In the second set, Federer, who underwent two knee surgeries in 2020, carved out a break for 2-0 in the second set.
However, he failed to maintain the lead as Hurkacz levelled in the seventh game from 1-4 down. He then went on to dominate the tiebreak.
Federer looked slow as he was quickly down 0-2 in the third set before Hurkacz wrapped up the decider in just 29 minutes.
Hurkacz is the second player from Poland to reach the semi-finals at Wimbledon. In 2013, Jerzy Janowicz became the first Polish to reach the Wimbledon semis.