Hubert Hurkacz Shares Experience of Beating His Idol Roger Federer

Published 11/11/2021, 11:30 AM EST
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 07: Hubert Hurkacz of Poland shakes hands with Roger Federer of Switzerland after winning their men’s Singles Quarter Final match on Day Nine of The Championships – Wimbledon 2021 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 07, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by AELTC/Edward Whitaker – Pool/Getty Images)


Hubert Hurkacz of Poland has had a scintillating 2021 season. Starting the year at World No. 34, Hurkacz has climbed up to World No. 9. In 2021, Hurkacz has won three ATP titles including his first Masters 1000 title. However, one of the most memorable moments of his season came at Wimbledon 2021, when he defeated his idol, Roger Federer, in the quarter-final.

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In the latest ‘Players’ Voice’, Hurkacz shared his 2021 season’s highlights. From winning three titles to beating someone like Roger Federer, Hurkacz believes he has achieved a lot in 2021.

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Hubert Hurkacz on defeating Roger Federer

The Polish star, Hubert Hurkacz, has always admired the great Roger Federer. On several occasions, he has talked about idolizing the 20-time Grand Slam champion. The 24-year-old grew up watching Federer dominate the men’s tour and talked about his dream of competing at the biggest stage.

Hurkacz said, “As a child, Roger Federer was my idol. At every opportunity, I remember trying to watch him as much as possible on the television; that was when I began to realize my dream of competing in the world’s biggest tournaments one day.”

 

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The Polish star refreshed his Wimbledon memory and added, “When I played and won against him at Wimbledon this year, I felt nothing but sheer joy. Facing a player such as Roger on Centre Court and coming out on top was an unreal feeling even now I can’t really describe that experience.”

Hubert beat Federer 6-3, 7(7)-6(4), 6-0 in the quarter-final; handing the Swiss his first bagel in his Wimbledon career.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 7, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer waves after losing his quarter final match against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz Pool via REUTERS/Edward Whitaker

Moreover, he added, “There isn’t heaps of time between players at the end of matches, but he told me that I played a good game and wished me good luck for the rest of the tournament, which meant a lot. That quarter-final victory is definitely one of my most memorable moments of the season.”

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Hurkacz to play the Nitto ATP Finals

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 6, 2021 Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz reacts during his fourth round match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

The Nitto ATP Finals will be taking place in Turin, Italy from 14th November to 21st November. The top 8 players have already qualified for the year-end tournament in Italy. This year, Hubert Hurkacz is making his debut in the ATP Finals. As the tournament approaches closer, Hubert Hurkacz is certainly very excited to fight for the ultimate title at ATP Finals.

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How far do you think Hubert Hurkacz will go in the competition?

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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