BIG UPSET! Hubert Hurkacz Upsets No. 2 Daniil Medvedev To Reach Maiden Grand Slam Quarterfinals at Wimbledon Championships 2021

Published 07/06/2021, 9:20 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 6, 2021 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in action during his fourth round match against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz REUTERS/Peter Nicholls


Daniil Medvedev was up against Hubert Hurkacz in the fourth round of the Wimbledon Championships 2021. It was their first meeting and the Pole dented the Russian’s chances of making it to the quarterfinals. Hurkacz won the match 2-6 7-6(2) 3-6 6-3 6-3. 

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Set 1: Daniil Medvedev glides into the match

In the opening set, Daniil Medvedev was the better player. He broke his opponent twice during the set, putting him in the driver’s seat. 

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The overall consistency displayed by the Russian was commendable. He hit more winners, fewer unforced errors, which helped him seal the opening set. Overall, Medvedev won 31 points and Hubert won 19 points, clearly stating the difference. In 31 minutes, the set was won by Daniil 6-2.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 3, 2021 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in action during his third round match against Croatia’s Marin Cilic REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Set 2: Hubert Hurkacz seals it late

In the second set, Hubert Hurkacz raised his levels. He was committing fewer unforced errors and the accuracy in his groundstrokes gave him a better chance. 

Both players couldn’t break each other’s service games. In the end, the set had to be decided in a tiebreaker. Hurkacz played the crucial points with more intent. After 49 minutes, the Pole leveled proceedings by winning the set 7-6(2). 

Set 3: The Russian raises the bar

Daniil Medvedev found his rhythm back and was looking more threatful. After shrugging off the result in the previous set, he served with great effect and got the break early. 

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

After 33 minutes, the one break was enough that helped Medvedev to clinch the set 6-3 and was just one set away from booking a place in the quarterfinal. 

Set 4: The Pole sends the match into the decider

As rain interrupted the day’s play, both players were compelled to continue their match the following day. At 3-4 in the set, Daniil was serving to level things up. 

However, he was broken and Hubert was looking more positive. After 42 minutes, Hurkacz won the set 6-3 and the winner would be decided after the fifth set. 

Set 5: Hubert Hurkacz creates history

In the final set, Hurkacz got the early break and was serving with great intent. On the other hand, Daniil was looking dull. The Pole was now touching distance away from reaching the quarterfinal for the first time at the Wimbledon Championships 2021. In the end, he broke Medvedev in the last game of the match, sealing the set 6-3 in 32 minutes. 

Hubert Hurkacz will face Roger Federer in his next match. It will be interesting to see how he performs against the eight-time champion. 

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The win of his career 🇵🇱@HubertHurkacz defeats Daniil Medvedev in five sets to reach his first Grand Slam quarter-final#Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/JFIrQkQO9q

— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 6, 2021

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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