DISASTROUS! Roger Federer Loses His First Straight Sets Match In 19 Years at Wimbledon Championships

Published 07/07/2021, 1:17 PM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 7, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer wipes his face with a towel during the break in his quarter final match against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz REUTERS/Toby Melville

It’s a disappointing day for fans of Roger Federer as he looked down and out in the quarter-final matchup against the young Polish star Hubert Hurkacz.


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Federer, who defeated Hurkacz before, didn’t get off to a right start as he looked vulnerable on the serve as well as on the return. Hurkacz was reading Federer’s serve well and managed to comfortably hold his serves right throughout the match.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 3, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer in action during his third round match against Britain’s Cameron Norrie REUTERS/Toby Melville

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Roger Federer looked out of sorts and lost the first set 6-3 against Hurkacz

Even though Federer managed to win a few games, it was impossible for the Swiss Maestro to stop the flow of Hurkacz as he raced past Roger to win the first set, 6-3.

With the breeze, it became difficult for the Swiss star to find the range of shots he displayed during his fourth round victory against the Italian Lorenzo Sonego.

When Hurkacz defeated Medvedev in the fourth round match that happened over two days, he established himself as a tight contender to Federer in the quarter-finals. The reigning Miami Open champion produced flawless tennis to clinch the first set against the Swiss Maestro

Coming to the second set, the eight-time Wimbledon champion had struggled to find his range despite being a break up against the Pole. After losing his serve at 2-0, the Swiss star didn’t get another chance to have a break point.

Hurkacz, who is playing for the first time on Center court, didn’t look wavered by the occasion as he broke Federer’s game and took the second set to a tie-breaker.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 7, 2021 Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz celebrates winning his quarter final match against Switzerland’s Roger Federer REUTERS/Toby Melville

It was Hurkacz’s dominance all over in the breaker as he dominated the Swiss star right through out and forced errors out of him to clinch the second set, 7-6.

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Once the second set was over, it was almost curtains for Federer as he couldn’t do much in the third and was bageled by the Polish player, who reaches his first-ever Wimbledon semi-finals.

Despite a hard-hitting loss for Roger Federer, it was still a decent outing from the former champion as he found a way to reach the second-round on his favorite slam. Center Court gave a standing ovation to their favorite champion Hubert Hurkacz applauded alongside the crowd.

The Polish player will now await the winner of quarter-final matchup between Matteo Berrettini and Felix Auger-Aliassime.


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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.



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