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Wimbledon: Federer crashes out to cast doubt on future – News

Wimbledon: Federer crashes out to cast doubt on future – News

Roger Federer crashed out of Wimbledon in the quarterfinals at the hands of Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz on Wednesday, potentially bringing down the curtain on the Swiss legend’s All England Club career. Federer, the 20-time Grand Slam title winner who turns 40 next month, lost 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 6-0 to a player 15 years his junior.

Roger Federer crashed out of Wimbledon in the quarterfinals at the hands of Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz on Wednesday, potentially bringing down the curtain on the Swiss legend’s All England Club career.

Federer, the 20-time Grand Slam title winner who turns 40 next month, lost 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 6-0 to a player 15 years his junior.

Some days you can do no wrong

: @Wimbledon | @HubertHurkacz pic.twitter.com/OVqYTSPUBv

— ATP Tour (@atptour) July 7, 2021

It was only the eight-time Wimbledon champion’s 14th defeat at the tournament in 119 matches and his first straight-set 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.

“It’s super special to have played Roger here, it’s a dream come true,” said Hurkacz.

“He’s done so many special things here.”

World number 18 Hurkacz, 24, had never got beyond the third round of a Grand Slam before this Wimbledon.

A truly well-deserved standing ovation @rogerfederer | #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/9Uz7xZ2iKg

— ATP Tour (@atptour) July 7, 2021

However, boosted by having defeated world number two Daniil Medvedev in five sets in the last 16, he was a break up on a sluggish-looking Federer in the sixth game of the opening set.

The Swiss star, who underwent two knee surgeries in 2020, carved out a break for 2-0 in the second set.

He couldn’t hang on and Hurkacz levelled in the seventh game from 1-4 down before dominating the tiebreak.

First Grand Slam semi-final

An unforgettable day for @HubertHurkacz as he stuns Federer 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-0 at #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/cscgxVwyUx

— ATP Tour (@atptour) July 7, 2021

Federer looked out of sorts and he was quickly down 0-2 in the third set before Hurkacz wrapped up the decider in just 29 minutes.

He is only the second Polish man to reach the semifinals at Wimbledon — Jerzy Janowicz being the other in 2013.

Up next is a clash with either Matteo Berrettini of Italy or Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime for a place in Sunday’s final.

“I noticed the mis-hits, awkward looking points from Roger and obviously the last set of course, 6-0,” said former champion Boris Becker commentating on Federer’s performance.

“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.”

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