Roger Federer Loses at Wimbledon, Maybe for the Last Time

Roger Federer Loses at Wimbledon, Maybe for the Last Time

Roger Federer Loses at Wimbledon, Maybe for the Last Time

Roger Federer Loses at Wimbledon, Maybe for the Last Time

Djokovic, a five-time Wimbledon champion who is still in contention for the Grand Slam this season, defeated Marton Fucsovics 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 on Wednesday to underscore his status as the strong favorite. The other semifinalists have never advanced this far at Wimbledon. Shapovalov, a Canadian left-hander with a live arm and a flashy game, won the most compelling match of the quarterfinals, rallying to defeat No. 25 Karen Khachanov 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-4. Berretini, a barrel-chested Italian with power to spare, defeated Shapovalov’s compatriot Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-3, 5-7, 7-5, 6-3.

But the big surprise was delivered by Hurkacz, a good-natured Pole who is based at Saddlebrook Academy in Wesley Chapel, Fla., and has an American coach, Craig Boynton. Both had to recover from contracting Covid-19 this spring after Hurkacz won the Miami Open in April.

“It hit me hard,” Boynton said. “But for Hubie it was just enough for a wobble.”

Hurkacz missed no tournaments, but he did go into a slump before arriving at Wimbledon, losing six straight matches, one of them to Dominic Stricker, a teenager from Switzerland who is taking his first steps on tour.

On Wednesday, Hurkacz outplayed Switzerland’s most famous citizen. Federer, who was seeded sixth at Wimbledon, has long been Hurkacz’s tennis idol, and in their only previous singles match, Federer beat him 6-4, 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., in 2019.

But a Wimbledon quarterfinal is a much grander occasion, and Hurkacz, to his credit, handled the moment with controlled power and poise.


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