Hubert Hurkacz described Roger Federer as «an incredible player and person». In the 2021 Wimbledon quarterfinals, Hurkacz defeated Federer 6-3 7-6(4) 6-0. Hurkacz, who grew up idolizing Federer and dreaming of one day being a tennis star, was given the chance to play and beat his idol on the courts where the Swiss is a true icon and legend.
«I’ve always loved watching Roger Federer play. He’s such an incredible player and person. If I could borrow anything from his game, it would definitely be the way he committed to his shots, to his plan and to his ideas.»
That was something really incredible,» Hurkacz told Relevant Tennis.
Hubert Hurkacz was the last player to defeat Roger Federer in singles, at Wimbledon 2021.
If he could borrow anything from his games, «it would definitely be the way he committed to his shots and plans and ideas,» he says.
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Hurkacz was the last player to beat Federer in a Grand Slam.
Shortly after leaving Wimbledon, Federer announced that he would undergo another knee surgery.
At the time, Federer hoped that he would be able to return sometime during the 2022 season. Unfortunately, Federer’s progress did not achieve the desired progress and the Swiss did not make a final return to tennis.
After this year’s US Open, Federer announced that he would play in the Laver Cup and end his professional career after the tournament. As Federer feared for his knee, he decided to play only one doubles match. For the last match of his career, Federer asked Rafael Nadal to be his doubles partner.
Nadal, who hinted after his US Open exit that he might take a break before returning to action, accepted Federer’s offer and traveled to London to say goodbye to the Swiss. In the end, it turned out to be a memorable and emotional night.
During Federer’s retirement speech, the Swiss broke down in tears several times. Nadal also couldn’t contain his emotions and also broke down in tears while Federer delivered his retirement speech. In the end, Wimbledon 2021 turned out to be Federer’s last Grand Slam of the season and Hurkacz was the last player to beat the Swiss in a Major.