Hubert Hurkacz said it was an honor for him to share the court with Roger Federer and wished the Swiss all the best in the next chapter of his life. Federer, who has not played since losing to Hurkacz in the 2021 Wimbledon quarterfinals, has announced his plans to retire from tennis after next week’s Laver Cup.
Hurkacz, who grew up watching and idolizing Federer, got the opportunity to play and beat the Swiss in the place where he is the absolute icon. «It was an honor to experience your game for all these years and share the court with you @rogerfederer.
You have been an inspiration to me and to many, many others. Congratulations on a legendary career and good luck for the future,» Hurkacz wrote on Twitter.
It was an honor to experience your game for all these years and share the court with you. @Roger Federer.
You have been an inspiration to me and to many, many others. Congratulations on a legendary career and good luck for the future 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/N7nZ1TAh6S -Hubert Hurkacz (@HubertHurkacz) September 15, 2022
Hurkacz beat Federer at Wimbledon
When Hurkacz and Federer met for the first time at the 2019 Indian Wells Masters, Federer claimed a straight-set victory.
Last year, Hurkacz and Federer met for the second time. Hurkacz performed much better in his second meeting against Federer when he ousted the Swiss 6-3, 7-6 (4) 6-0 in the Wimbledon quarterfinals. Earlier this year, Hurkacz described it as «a great moment» in his career.
«I mean, definitely a very, very, very big moment for me. I mean, just playing Roger there at Wimbledon and playing a very, very good match was something special, and then that I was able to win, it just makes it so much more. nice to just experience the match (and) not get a chance to play in the next round.
So, yes, it was definitely a lot of fun to play with Roger,» Hurkacz said this year. After beating Federer in his first Wimbledon semi-final, Hurkacz lost to Matteo Berrettini in his next match. But now that Federer is retiring, what it means that Hurkacz will go down in history as the player who defeated Federer in the last Grand Slam tournament in Switzerland.