“Hoping To Get a Little Bit of Support”: Hubert Hurkacz on Roger Federer Clash at Wimbledon Championships 2021

Published 07/06/2021, 10:05 AM EDT
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


Hubert Hurkacz finally advanced further to his first Grand Slam quarterfinal at Wimbledon Championships 2021. He got a brilliant five-set victory over World No.2 Daniil Medvedev in a rain-hit match. He now will play one of his toughest matches against Roger Federer at the famous Centre Court.

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Hubert Hurkacz shakes hands with Russia’s Daniil Medvedev after the match REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

In his post-match interview, Hurkacz spoke about the prospect of playing Federer at Wimbledon. He called Federer’s journey inspirational. And all the titles won by Federer have inspired the Polish player.

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“Roger what he does, the way he plays and the titles he’s won throughout his whole career has inspired so many people.”

Moreover, Hurkacz will play Federer in the Centre Court with a packed crowd. It will be hard for him to find support as the crowd adores Federer. But he is looking forward to the battle and hopes to get support from the fans. Hurkacz said: “You guys enjoy watching him as well, it’ll be a fun battle. I’ll be hoping to get a little bit of support.”

Roger Federer celebrates winning his fourth round match against Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego REUTERS/Paul Childs

Hurkacz’s match against Medvedev started yesterday but couldn’t be completed because of rain. Later it was shifted to the next day on the Centre Court. Hurkacz was the one to begin the match on a strong note and surprised Medvedev.

Roger Federer on Hubert Hurkacz not having an extra day

As Hurkacz’s match was delayed he will not get a free day, unlike Federer. Hurkacz plays Federer the day after his match against Medvedev and that could play out differently. When Federer completed his win over Lorenzo Sonego he was asked about his next opponent’s recovery. But the Swiss exercised his funny bone and said that the young players won’t mind playing the delayed match.

These guys are young, they can recover. It’s not a problem for them. Unfortunately, they’re very good too. Hopefully it rains again tomorrow! I’m kidding”, said Federer.

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It will be interesting to see how Hurkacz does against Federer. He served brilliantly against Medvedev and if Federer can’t trouble his serves, then the Swiss master could be in a spot of bother.

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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